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Monk should stay away from Grabban and look to ruin Leeds’ transfer hopes

An article in the Birmingham Mail is running quotes from Blues manager Garry Monk talking up his side’s pulling power in the transfer window. Bournemouth striker Lewis Grabban is referenced as a potential recruit for Birmingham this summer. 

Many Championship clubs have been linked with Grabban so far this summer, and the 30-year-old undeniably has a great goalscoring record at Championship level.

A fee in the region of £5 million has been touted, but Birmingham have to move some individuals off their books first before any kind of deal can be struck. 

If Monk is able to clear out his squad a little this summer, and free up some extra wage budget, he may be tempted by a more exciting striking target who wouldn’t even command a traditional transfer fee.

Abel Hernandez

Hernandez is valued at £6.3 million by Transfermarkt, but the Uruguayan is currently without a club having rejected a contract extension with Hull City. This means any deal would have to be made only with the player (and his representatives) himself. 

Whilst Elland Road is thought to be a potential destination, no agreement appears close.

If Birmingham committed themselves to making this deal go through, they’d come out of it with a much more exciting player than they’d find in Grabban.

Hernandez is also proven at this level. 

Last season, in his final campaign as a Hull City player, he struck 8 times in only 10 matches. 

At 27, Hernandez has plenty more to give and the St Andrew’s faithful would take very little convincing that he’d be an incredible capture for them. The only convincing required is on the part of Hernandez himself, who will have to believe that Birmingham is as good a fit for him as he is for them.

The prospect of Hernandez’s pace, power and clinical finishing lighting up St Andrew’s this season is a tantalising one. The forward certainly has all the capabilities to capitalise upon the service of Jota and Davis too.

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