Following their relegation from the Premier League back in 2016, Aston Villa were plotting some big-money summer moves in their attempt to gain promotion back to the top flight at the first time of asking.
It seemed as if the £12million signing of Ross McCormack wasn’t enough for Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo, who was looking to increase his side’s firepower in the final third of the pitch.
Hernandez emerged as a number one transfer target for Villa, the West Midlands club were believed to be plotting a staggering £20million swoop for the Uruguayan, who scored 22 goals in Hull City’s promotion to the top flight the year before.
Naturally, Villa fans were excited at such a rumour, linking the club with yet another proven goalscorer in the second tier.
If we do sign Hernandez I would definitely say Villa's starting XI is superior to NUFC. #avfc
— Foxy (@FoxyN77) August 24, 2016
— Sam Round (@Roundzy) August 24, 2016
But has days went by, time was running out for Villa to secure agreement with the Tigers for their prolific marksman, as patience began to run thin amongst the Villa Park faithful.
Can only pray that Kodjia news is good news for #AVFC. Feel rather a lot of eggs in an Abel Hernandez-shaped basket
— matt (@dvtavfc) August 27, 2016
Really hope we don't sign Hernandez! #avfc
— Alex Hack (@holteender12) August 28, 2016
In the end, a deal for Hernandez failed to materialise. The two parties failed to agree personal terms, and just like that the deal was off, as Villa switched their attention to Jonathan Kodjia.
It was a genius move by the club – the Ivorian ended up as their top goalscorer that season, and has been a real asset for the club ever since his move from Bristol City.
Villa fans were loving this transfer, and were even more delighted at their club’s savings after snubbing a move for Hernandez.
Can I just point out that Kodjia has cost us almost half the price of Hernandez, for two less league goals from last year. Not bad. #AVFC
— Jess (@jhavfc) August 30, 2016
— Ianto #AVFC (@ianmorgan6775) August 30, 2016
a player who scored only 2 goals less than Hernandez and cost half the price tag ???? #avfc
— Scott Wood (@Scottwood101) August 30, 2016
Hernandez, though, has really moved onto bigger and better things after leaving Hull in the summer. The 28-year old has netted twice in just four league starts for CSKA Moscow this season, and also caught the eye in their UEFA Champions League campaign.
It was a transfer rumour that dominated the summer transfer window back in 2016, but may Villa fans be regretting writing off Hernandez straight away, after now impressing on the European stage…?