Hey guys, Tottenham Hotspur are actually linked to a striker! Unfortunately, this deal is a lose-lose. According to the agent of Palermo and Uruguayan international Abel Hernandez, Tottenham have had a bid for his services rejected.
Hernandez is, more or less, the exact player that most of us want. His scoring record isn't great, but that has a lot to do with being stuck behind more senior players and some injury concerns. On raw talent, Hernandez is world class. If you don't believe me, do a little looking around on the googles. He's well regarded as a great up and coming young striker, and I would love to have a player like him.
He's a true No. 9 with a varied skill set and he could start for Tottenham Hotspur for 10 years. Unfortunately, he's not a player who is likely to be transferred to Tottenham or anyone else in the near future. We had a 10 million Euro bid rejected because Palermo wants 20 million Euros. This deal is never going to happen, nor should it.
Because of Hernandez's injury concerns and poor scoring record, Harry Redknapp is not going to shell out more than 10 million Euros for him. Because of his immense talent, Palermo aren't going to take that small of a fee. There is no way that this deal is going to work. If Hernandez leaves and becomes a superstar, Palermo's directors have egg on their faces. If he leaves and never does anything, Harry looks like an idiot. There probably isn't a transfer fee that spreads the risk evenly between the two parties right now, because he's been so disappointing but his ceiling is so high.
If Hernandez stays healthy and scores 10 or so goals next year, maybe we'll have a better indication of what kind of player he is and Palermo can cash in at a price that reflects his real value. Right now, putting a valuation on Abel Hernandez is next to impossible.