Welcome to our first ever Hull City LIVE blog where we will try make some sense of all the transfer targets and rumours heading the Tigers way.
City got their Championship season up and running with a 1-1 draw at Villa, a positive enough result, but squad improvements are necessary before any talk of promotion to the Premier League can start.
The club have announced Sebastian Larsson as their sixth signing of the summer, but more additions are still needed to bolster Leonid Slutsky’s squad.
Updates by Lewis Scott (@LewScott97)
09:45 – Friday 11th August
Is this who the scouts were watching at Port Vale?
We brought you the news yesterday that Hull City’s head of recruitment Lee Darnborough and youth coach Tony Pennock had been seen at Port Vale’s Caraboa Cup clash with Leeds United earlier in the week.
It turns out the pair may have been eyeing up young Vale defender Nathan Smith. The 21-year old is highly thought of at the club, with officials claiming this summer that he could be a Premier League player in the next 12 months.
He was one the club’s players of the season in 2016/17 and was Torquay United’s also the season before while on loan , but may be angling for a move away to further his career in a higher division.
Smith is equally suited to play centre-back or left-back, the latter position Hull City desperately need to strengthen.
09:25 – Friday 11th August
First Johnson bid stands at £1 million
Hull City’s first bid for Oxford winger Marvin Johnson is understood to be in the region of £1 million. Leonid Slutsky wants to make the 26-year old his seventh summer signing, but is likely to see his first offer rejected.
It’s understood Oxford valuate the player at £2.5 million, but with Leicester City also keen, the Tigers better move quick to get a deal done.
09:25 – Friday 11th August
McGregor’s potential move to Forest now unlikely
After recent speculation about his future, we can now expect Hull City goalkeeper Allan McGregor to stay at the club this transfer window.
There had been rumours that the Scottish international would be allowed to leave the club on a free transfer to join Nottingham Forest, but recent developments make this now unlikely.
Forest have instead turned their interest to Bournemouth keeper Adam Federichi. Mark Warburton has also expressed his interest in Rangers keeper Wes Foderingham.
19:25 – Thursday 10th August
Hull City make bid for Oxford’s Marvin Johnson
Hull City have made a bid for Oxford United left winger Marvin Johnson, according to Sky Sports, just hours after the club’s owner claimed he wasn’t up for sale.
Sky Sources: Hull City make bid for Oxford United winger Marvin Johnson #hcafc
— Tim Thornton (@SkySports_Tim) August 10, 2017
The 26-year old is considered one of the best left-sided players in the Football League and is in hot demand this summer, with Leeds United also keen. But it looks as of the Tigers have made the first move.
Leonid Slutsky is in desperate need of additions to to bolster his left edge, with youngster Max Clark and Jarrod Bowen his best options in defence and midfield.
Speculation suggests Johnson is valued in the region of £2 million.
19:05 – Thursday 10th August
Hull City keen on Chelsea duo on loan
Hull City are keen on young Chelsea duo Jérémie Boga and Fikayo Tomori, FanaticHull understands.
20-year old Boga, a central midfielder, has spent the last two seasons on loan at Granada and Rennes. He represented France at U16 and U19 level, but made his first senior appearance for the Ivory Coast last month.
Meanwhile, 19-year old Tomoti, a Canadian born centre-back, has one senior appearance for the Blues to his name and made nine appearances while on loan at Brighton last season.
He was part of the Chelsea side that won the FA Youth Cup and UEFA Youth League back to back in 2015 and 2016, and was a key cog in the England U-20 side that recently won the World Cup in South Korea, featuring in the final against Venezuala.
Both loan signings are dependant on Chelsea strengthening both positions.
19:00 – Thursday 10th August
Hull City target Ryan Kent signs long term deal at Liverpool
Ryan Kent has signed a 5-year deal at Liverpool, according to reports this evening.
The winger, who has been a summer transfer target for several clubs including Hull City, has expressed his desire to sign a long term deal at Anfield before he heads out on loan for the 2017/18 season.
Ryan Kent signs five year deal at Liverpool
— paul joyce (@_pauljoyce) August 10, 2017
Along with the Tigers, Aston Villa, Leeds, Celtic and Real Sociedad have all expressed their interest in the 20-year old, who impressed boss Jurgen Klopp on the Reds pre-season tour of Hong Kong, and admitted his place may remain on Merseyside this season.
17:05 – Thursday 10th August
Shaun Maloney’s departure confirmed
Shaun Maloney has retired from football to take up a coaching role at Celtic.
Maloney was expected to join Aberdeen this summer despite being offered a new one-year deal at Hull City, but the Scottish international will now return to his former club to take up a role at the academy.
Maloney made 215 appearance for Celtic, scoring 52 goals and winning 5 league titles. He joined the Tigers from Chicago Fire at the start of the 2015-16 season and went on to make over 30 appearance for the club.
17:00 – Thursday 10th August
Tigers keeping tabs on unknown Leeds player?
— Scouts in Attendance (@scoutsattending) August 10, 2017
According to the Twitter page ‘Scouts in Attendance’, Hull City’s head of recruitment Lee Darnborough attended Leeds’ game against Port Vale last night in the Carabao Cup. So who were they watching?
09:05 – Thursday 10th August
Burnley chasing Sam Clucas
Burnely have had an offer for Sam Clucas rejected by Hull City, according to reports.
Understand Burnley have had an offer for Hull midfielder Sam Clucas rejected by the Championship club today.
— Craig Hope (@CraigHope_DM) August 9, 2017
The midfielder has raised plenty of Premier League interest this transfer window, with Newcastle previously the big favourites to sign the 26 year old.
With the ‘supermarket shut’, we’ll have to see if there is any mileage in this one.
12:20 – Wednesday 9th August
Larsson up for the challenge
Seb Larsson has given his first interview to Tigers TV since joining the club. Here’s what he had to say.
“I’m very much up for the challenge. I’ve been at the same club for six years and I felt it was the right time to try something new. I’m delighted to be here.
“It’s refreshing to come into the environment. Every so often you feel the need to challenge yourself again. After listening to the manager here and his ideas, it’s something I want to be a part of. I like what Leonid had to say and I’ve heard good things about him from before.
“I took my time to consider my options but I decided this was the best place to come.
“The aim is to get out the division. But from my previous experience, I know it’s a very tough league. Every team will have their up and downs throughout the season, but at the end of it, it’s the team with the fewest lows who comes out on top. It’s a talented squad here so hopefully we’ll be one of those sides.
“I spoke a little bit to David Meyler and Fraizer Campbell before I came here and they only had good things to say about the place. It’s always nice to know a few people when you turn up as a new player.
“It’s been important for me to keep my fitness levels up while I’ve been without a club. I need a bit of football to get up to speed but my fitness shouldn’t be an issue.”
12:00 – Wednesday 9th August
Sixth signing in, but how many more do Hull City need?
Ola Aina, Ondrej Mazuch, Fraizer Campbell, Michael Hector, Kevin Stewart and now Seb Larsson. But how much more activity can Hull City fans expect in the transfer market? With two centre-backs, a right-back, two central midfielders and a striker now recruited, where else do the Tigers need to strengthen?
Leonid Slutsky must now look to strengthening his left flank. With Max Clark his only real current option at left-back, this should be the club’s priority position. As for left wing, we’ve seen Jarrod Bowen can do a job there, with Kamil Grosicki looking much more impressive on the right side. Some depth is also needed here.
With £35 million coming in this summer in transfer fees, it’d be nice to see Ehab Allam splash the cash a little bit on his final 3/4 signings, and a big name Championship striker would do wonders to bolster his goal-scoring options. One you look past Hernandez, Campbell and Bowen, Diomande is your next option and nobody really feels comfortable with him in front of goal.
11:35- Wednesday 9th August
BREAKING: Hull City confirm the signing of Sebastian Larsson
In the last few minutes, Hull City have confirmed the signing of free-agent Sebastian Larsson. The 32-year old Swedish international has signed a one-year deal at the club.
— Hull City (@HullCity) August 9, 2017
Speaking about his move, Larsson said: “I’m delighted to be here and I am really looking forwards to this fresh challenge.
“I had some options to consider, but I felt this was the bets move for me to make and I can’t wait to get started now.”
Larsson will train with his new teammates for the first time today.
08:15 – Wednesday 9th August
Indonesian youngster on Slutsky’s radar?
Hull City are keen on Indonesian international striker Ezra Wallian, according to reports from Football Tribe.
The Dutch born player, who is a product of the Ajax youth player, is currently on a trial at West Ham, but would be available to the Tigers on a free transfer.
He made 22 appearances for Ajax’s reserve grade side last year, bagging 11 goals before being released. Bolton Wanderers are also said to be keen on the youngster.
08:05 – Wednesday 9th August
Hull City chasing Oxford’s Marvin Johnson?
Hull City are keen on Oxford left-winger Marvin Johnson, according to Football Insider.
The 26-year old, who is also being targeted by Yorkshire rivals Leeds United, is considered one of the best left-sided players in the Football League.
With the former Motherwell man having also raised interest from several larger clubs including Leicester City, Manchester City and Liverpool, Oxford are said to be reluctant to let the player go, but will listen to offers around the £2 million mark.
Leonid Slutsky is desperate to add some left-sided players to his squad, with many supporters frustrated t the lack of depth in this area of the field.
19:00 – Tuesday 8th August
Larsson passes medical and agrees terms with Tigers
Reports are suggesting this evening that Sebastian Larsson has passed a medical and agreed personal terms ahead of a move to Hull City.
The Swedish international will join the Tigers on a free transfer on a 2-year deal. We expect confirmation of the deal either this evening or tomorrow morning.
14:50 – Tuesday 8th August
Another centre-half? What about a left-back?!
Sketchy details at the moment but I’m told Hull City are looking at a possible loan signing for another centre half. #hcafc
— Mike White (@mikewhitesport) August 8, 2017
Can somebody tell Ehab Allam we need a left-back?
14:15 – Tuesday 8th August
Hull made favourites to sign Leicester’s Ahmed Musa
Bookmakers SkyBet have made Hull City favourites to sign Leicester striker Ahmed Musa for the 2017/18 season.
Musa, who joined the Foxes at the start of last season following their historic Premier League title, failed to live up to expectations and is expected to be sent out on loan; given the recent signing of Kelechi Iheanacho, this is now even more likely.
✍️ Hull are the new 3/1 favourites to sign Leicester forward Ahmed Musa.
— Oddschanger (@Oddschanger) August 8, 2017
The Tigers came up as a possible suitor last month, with Musa playing under Slutsky at CSKA Moscow for four seasons. The 24-year old, widely regarded as one of the fastest players in English football, holds the manager in high regard for helping him develop as a player during his time in Russia.
SkyBet make Hull favourites to sign Musa at 3/1. West Brom, who were though to be Hull’s main rival for Musa’s signiture come in at 5/1, while Turkish side Fenerbache who have also been linked in recent days, stand at 7/2. Brighton, Newcastle and Bournemouth have also been mentioned as possible destinations.
We’ve got a sneeky feeling this could be one of them signings that may go down to the final day of the transfer window…
12:55 – Tuesday 8th August
Yet another side join the race for Ryan Kent
Another side have joined the race for Liverpool youngster Ryan Kent, according to HITC Sport.
German side Hannover have emerged as another potential destination for the 20-year old winger, who has impressed for the Reds this pre-season. Club representatives have reportedly been in the German city in recent days, with a move proposed that could also see youngter Ben Woodburn join the side on loan for the 2017/18 season in the Bundesliga.
Hull City and Leeds United were said to be leading the race for Ryan Kent a fortnight ago, before Aston Villa expressed interest with Celtic also keen, but talks of a loan move were put on hole with Kent keen to sign a long-term deal at Anfield before leaving the club for the season.
However, all interested parties have been dealt a blow, with Jurgen Klopp admitting the youngster’s future may still lie on Merseyside this season. We’ll continue to watch this one closely.
12:30 – Tuesday 8th August
Celtic priced out of move for Kamil Grosicki
Scottish champions Celtic have reportedly been priced out of a move for Hull City winger Kamil Grosicki, according to the Daily Record.
The Hoops have been put off by City’s £9 million asking price for the Polish midfielder, who is yet to impress supporters since arriving from Rennes in January under Marco Silva.
Celtic are currently in the market for a winger, and Grosicki has been a target for several clubs this tranfer window including Watford, Newcastle, Crystal Palace, Hertha Berlin and most recently, Everton.
It’s understood the club wouldn’t stand in Grosicki’s way should he wish to depart.
11:30 – Tuesday 8th August
Are City in for Chelsea youngster Lewis Baker?
Are Hull City in for Chelsea youngster Lewis Baker? Rumour has it he’s about to be sent out on loan, and he’s a name that has already come up this window for the Tigers.
The midfielder, who has spent the last two seasons on loan at Dutch side Vitesse, is one of Chelsea’s youth products who is yet to see first-team game time, and at 22 years old, is wanting a breakthrough year back in England.
Given Hull’s current links to Chelsea through Leonid Slutsky, it wouldn’t be a surprising move, however it looks as if the club’s attention is currently on signing Seb Larsson to add some depth in the middle of the park.
Reading are said to be leading the race to bring in Baker for the 2017/18 season.
10:40 – Tuesday 8th August
Larsson turns down deal in Spain to join the Tigers
Turns out Seb Larsson has turned down a deal in Spain to join Hull City in the Championship.
TeamTalk reports that the Swedish international has snubbed a move Spanish second division side Levante to sign a two-year deal with the Tigers.
Reports elsewhere suggest that Larsson had even passed a medical at the Valencia-based side before Hull stepped in.
10:30 – Tuesday 8th August
What do Hull City fans think of Seb Larsson?
With Swedish international and former-Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson expected to become Leonid Slutsky’s sixth summer signing in the next few hours, let’s take a look at what City supporters think of the free-kick specialist.
Take Seb Larsson on a free anyday, Lots of PL experience so can’t see him been to bad in Championship, Be a great signing. 👌👏⚽️#HCAFC
— Slutsky Guy 🇷🇺 (@KDC_LegitHD) August 8, 2017
Seb Larsson I see as essentially a Maloney replacement – tricky winger with plenty of experience. No complaints on a free. #hcafc
— Hull City Aus (@HullCityAFCAus) August 8, 2017
I like the Larsson deal. #hcafc have a very young squad, so his experience and versatility could be important over a long season.
— Rich Walker (@rwalkerdotcom) August 8, 2017
Really don’t know what to think about Seb Larsson, but I guess no addition on a free is a bad one. However I wish we’d SPEND MONEY #hcafc
— Imo🐯 (@imoprescott) August 8, 2017
Seb Larrson would be a solid signing. Good experience and would add to a threadbare squad. Not a marquee signing though, must be said #hcafc
— Greg Whitaker (@Greg_Whitaker) August 8, 2017
08:15 – Tuesday 8th August
Hull City ‘close’ to completing deal for Seb Larsson
The news overnight is that Sebastian Larsson is close to agreeing a deal to join Hull City on a free transfer, according to the Hull Daily Mail.
The 32-year old midfielder, a set-piece specialist would become Leonid Slutsky’s sixth summer signing after being released by Sunderland at the end of last season.
We understand that the Swedish international may have been in the area in recent days to discuss terms for deal, and the player could join within the next 24 hours should his medical go smoothly.
19:40 – Monday 7th August
Chances are I’m having my leg pulled, but…
There is a whisper going about this evening that Seb Larsson could be in East Yorkshire to sign a deal with Hull City.
Heard a whisper Seb Larsson is in Hull this evening. Not sure if I’m having my leg pulled but thought I’d put it out there. #HCAFC
— Lewis Scott (@LewScott97) August 7, 2017
Chances are, these reports are wide of the mark, however Swedish media have added fuel to the fire today saying that Larsson will sign with an unnamed Championship club imminently, saying Hull City are understood to be one of the main interested parties.
If you live anywhere near the Hallmark Hotel or Hull City’s training ground, keep an eye on whose driving in and out of the carpark for us…
19:20 – Monday 7th August
Hull battling Leeds and Forest for Congolese striker?
Hull City have reportedly joined the race for Congolese striker Junior Kabananga. The 28-year old, who currently plays for Kazakhstan champions Astana, is raising interest from across the Championship.
A player who began his career in Belgium, he spent last season on loan at Turkish side Karabukspor. It’s understood the player, who has a pricetag of no more than £2 million on his head, has also attracted interest from Leeds United and Nottingham Forest.
16:45 – Monday 7th August
Are Hull City being too reliant on Chelsea sending youngsters to East Yorkshire?
When Leonid Slutsky first came in as Hull City manager, given his close ties with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich we expected an influx of young Blues stars to join the club on loan. So far we’ve had Ola Aina and Michael Hector come through the door for the 17/18 season, but are Hull being too reliant?
Football journalist Alan Nixon has spoken out on Twitter about the situation regarding the two clubs, saying that Hull City’s plan are “depending on their (Chelsea’s) whims”.
When asked if any names had been linked, he said “It’s not who you want, it’s who you’re given. All very strange.”
Strange indeed, Alan…
15:30 – Monday 7th August
McGregor out, Lonergan in?
After losing goalkeeper Eldin Jakupovic earlier in the transfer window to Leicester City, there’s now talk of Allan McGregor following him out the door, according to The Nottingham Post.
Nottingham Forest are said to be keen on the Scottish international who has made over 100 appearances for the club since joining from Besiktas in 2013. But the 35-year olds time at the club looked to be coming to an end last season when he was sent out on loan to Cardiff City, not being able to get in the team after recovering from injury.
Should McGregor depart, it’s reported he would leave the club on a free. But if there’s any mileage in this one, it looks as if Leonid Slutsky may already be lining up McGregor’s replacement, in the shape of Andy Lonergan.
The Sun are reporting that the Wolves man, who made just 11 appearances last season is heading for the exit door as he falls down the pecking order at Molinoux behind John Ruddy.
The former Preston, Leeds, Bolton and Fulham man would be a decent back up option for David Marshall, but after a fine performance on Saturday at Villa, fans would be sorry to see McGregor, the club’s current longest serving player, leave on a free.
15:15 – Monday 7th August
City chasing former Sunderland midfielder Larsson?
One of the latest names doing the rounds on social media is that of ex-Sunderland man and Swedish international Sebastian Larsson. The 32-year old midfielder was released by the Black Cats at the end of last season following relegation to the Championship, and he could be a man that Leonid Slutsky is looking at to bolster his midfield options.
Larsson, who was a product of the Arsenal youth system, has over 400 career appearances in the Premier League under his belt and is probably most well-known for his lethal free-kicks.
Larsson has also been linked with a move to Scottish club Hibernian, West Ham, and even Southend United where City’s former manager Phil Brown currently holds the reigns.
With the loss of Tom Huddlestone, City need some physical presence in the middle of the park and much like Fraizer Campbell, Larsson could be worth a punt on a free transfer.