After splashing out a club-record £10m to lure him to east Yorkshire, Hull are considering cashing their Abel Hernandez chips after just one season at the KC Stadium.
This is according to the flagship newspaper for wholly accurate, never spurious transfer talk, the Daily Star, who say West Ham and Newcastle are weighing up bids for the Uruguayan if the Tigers do indeed wish to get rid.
Both have set aside £8m of their summer budget in the hope of convincing Steve Bruce and co to do business.
A meagre tally of four goals and one assist in 20 Premier League appearances isn’t the calibre of haul that would typically attract admirers from afar, but perhaps the Hammers and Magpies are aware of the successes the slow-starting South American often happens across in Europe.
It’s a sizeable 2/1 saying the former Palermo poacher notches over 9.5 goals in the English top tier next term, which looks a tasty wager based on the rewards these players reaped after failing to ping the lids at the start of their careers in Blighty.
Adored at Upton Park for his heroics towards the end of the 2006/07 season where his goals saved West Ham from certain relegation.
Each of the Argentine’s seven strikes came from March onwards.
He’d been selected to start just nine times prior to the late February bashing at Charlton, which sparked a run until the end of the season where he started every game.
After his tumultuous teething period, Tevez went on to win every trophy the English game has to offer, as well as a Champions League and Serie A crown.
Like compatriot Tevez, the tenacious midfielder was another who couldn’t get in the West Ham team, inexplicably playing the part of Hayden Mullins’ understudy before being sold to Liverpool.
The Hammers lost each of the five games he started, failing to score a goal in any.
A move to Merseyside instantly brought better fortune; Mascherano was a regular starter under Rafa Benitez and began their 2-0 Champions League final loss to AC Milan.
Joining Barcelona a few seasons later, he has also proved something of a silverware magnet.
Another South American to have used the Premier League as a stepping-stone to land a Barcelona move, Suarez only hit four goals in his first 13 Liverpool appearances following a January move from Ajax.
His first full campaign brought 11 in 31, before he lit the touch paper in 2012/13.
In his final 66 top-tier games for the Reds, the Uruguayan sharpshooter found the net 54 times.
While it’s difficult to argue Hernandez will be anywhere near as prolific, his slow start suggests more profitable times are only one season away.
If this enables him to treble his current tally of four, he could prove quite the asset for clubs harbouring West Ham, Newcastle and Hull’s aspirations.