Starting the season impressively with a goal and an assist over the opening two games of the Premier League, Abel Hernandez’s, much like Hull’s, form took a dip from the end of August onwards.

The Uruguayan striker, who has missed the last four games due to a tear in his abductor muscle, hasn’t scored since the 20th of August, and rumours in Italy suggest a January move is on the cards.

Expected to return in the new year, the 26-year-old is, according to TuttoMercatoWeb, the subject of ‘strong pressing’ from Steve Bruce’s Aston Villa, with the new manager seemingly keen to add a forward to his squad at Villa Park.

This isn’t the first time TMW have reported this, with an article published in November about an exit in January and Aston Villa keeping an eye on his performances.

The Italian website state on Monday that ‘important contacts’ have been made for a January transfer regarding Hull’s striker, but Aston Villa aren’t the only ones interested.

TMW also report that Gustavo Poyet’s Shanghai Shenhua could be after the Hull City star, with the Chinese side, one would assume, ready to pay Hernandez a lot more than Aston Villa.

Decisions will need to be made if this is true, but considering Abel Hernandez score 20 goals in 39 Championship appearances last season, you can see why Steve Bruce, who managed him throughout that period, would want to team up with him once again.