Welcome to our weekly Hull City Transfer Hub, where we’ll collate all the latest newspaper and social media gossip surrounding incomings and outgoings at Hull City.
Leonid Slutsky’s men began their home campaign convincingly on Saturday with a 4-1 win over Burton Albion. But will Abel Hernandez’s hat-trick encourage potential suitors to come calling? The supermarket is shut though, remember?
City looked reasonably impressive on Saturday, albeit against much weaker opposition, but it’s still evident the club needs at least five or six new faces to compete at the top level in the Championship.
One of the big question marks this week is whether Hull City can keep hold of star midfielder Sam Clucas. They turned down a £5 million offer from Burnley last week but reports suggest that amount is set to increase. With other clubs beginning to take a look at the 26-year old, it’s imperative City hold their nerve and keep hold of this key man.
18:30 – Saturday 19th August
Wham bam, See ya Sam…
Leonid Slutsky has this evening confirmed that Sam Clucas will leave Hull City. The 26-year old travelled to London with the squad yesterday, but was left out as he prepares to make a move to an unnamed Premier League club, understood to be Swansea or Burnley.
In his post-match press conference, Slutsky said that Clucas had decided himself to drop out of the squad, but the player himself has since denied this claim on social media.
It’s not clear whether Clucas will be heading to Swansea or Burnley. Reports this evening suggest Swansea may have pulled out of a move, while Burnley are currently concentrating on signing Leeds United’s Chris Wood. Either way, it’s another departure for Hull City, set to take their 2017 transfer income close to £70 million, with none of that likely to be reinvested in the next two weeks.
14:15 – Saturday 19th August
Clucas departure imminent as midfielder is left out of squad to face QPR
Sam Clucas is set to depart Hull City ‘imminently’ according to reports, having been left out of today’s squad to face QPR at Loftus Road.
Clucas is set to join Swansea City in a deal worth around £15 million; a move that manager Leonid Slutksy will be hugely frustrated about, having no say in the matter of the transfer.
So much for the supermarket being shut…
14:30 – Friday 18th August
Tigers target Nahki Wells
Hull City are interested in Huddersfield Town striker Nahki Wells, according to The Daily Mail.
A key player who was part of the side who got the Terriers promoted to the Premier League for the first time last season, The Tigers are in desperate need of a striker after losing Abel Hernandez for six months, and with Cardiff’s Kenneth Zohore now out of the frame, Wells could be the man who City turn to.
Wells, who bagged 10 goals in 47 appearances last year, is also being watched closely by Wolverhampton Wanderers, according to the report. Reading were also linked earlier in the transfer window, with a fee of around £10 million likely to be accepted by the West Yorkshire club.
13:45 – Friday 18th August
Seriously Ehab, it’s time to go…
With less than two weeks to go in the transfer window, Hull City fans have been once again left scratching their heads as to how the farcical nature of going-on at the club are happening every single window.
Departures were expected; fans accepted they’d lose Maguire, Robertson and Jakupovic. Davies and Huddlestone however were harder to take, especially leaving for a rival club when they could have quite easily have stayed here if the club had gone about their business in an appropriate manner. How much does that say about the Allams really?
What’s even more frustrating is the lack of funds spent. Hull have made close to £35 million this window, and this could still rise past £50 million if Sam Clucas does infact go to Swansea. Add that to the £18 million made in January for Livermore and Clucas and City could end up with transfer funds knocking on the door of £70 million from 2017.
So how on God’s earth has only £4 million been spent, on a squad that is quite clearly depleted. Fans can’t have any issues with Leonid Slutsky, became as a head coach rather than a manager, he has hardly any say in transfers, which in itself is a bit of a joke.
I have no quarrels with free signings such as Fraizer Campbell, Seb Larsson and Ondrej Mazuch; they bring depth to the squad, but Hull City are unlikely to challenge in the top half of the table without money spent.
Hull still need at least 7 or 8 new faces including a high-profile striker that is going to score 20 goals this season, and a left-back. It’s still to be seen whether the Allams will spend any of the cash they’ve drained out of the club before August 31st, or whether they’ll continue to trouser the funds and pump it into their personal assets.
13:30 – Friday 18th August
Warnock adamant Hull City won’t take Zohore
It appears Leonid Slutsky has ended his chase of Cradiff striker Kenneth Zohore with Neil Warnock apparently unwilling to sell the player at any price.
The Tigers are now in desperate need of a new attacker following Abel Hernandez’s achilles injury against Wolves leaving him out until February, apparently having a £10 million bid rejected earlier this week.
Warnock claims they’ve had no offer and claims City are in “cloud cuckoo land”. The Cardiff man also said the club wouldn’t even consider an offer if it had come in from Hull City.
11:15 – Friday 18th August
City reject £12 million Swansea bid for Clucas
With suggestions today Swansea are willing to go to £15m for Sam Clucas, sources tell me Hull City have now rejected a £12m offer. #hcafc
— Mike White (@mikewhitesport) August 18, 2017
BBC Radio Humberside’s Mike White understands that Hull City have rejected a £12 million bid from Swansea for Sam Clucas. We brought you the news not long ago that the Swans are willing to make bids of up to £15 million, so will the Tigers reject this latest bid?
We understand the club wany at least £20 million for Clucas, but will the Allams stick to their word, or will their pockets talk? Losing the midfielder would be a huge blow, and with any chance of promotion now looking extreamly slim after losing Abel Hernandez for the season, they’d be just about dead if they let this player go.
10:15 – Friday 18th August
Slutsky gives update on Clucas situation
Leonid Slutsky has admitted he doesn’t know if the club will accept a deal for Sam Clucas to leave the club. It’s understood Swansea are now leading the race to sign the midfielder, making a large offer in excess of £10 million, with football reporter Alan Nixon claiming the Swans will make a bid in the region of £15 million.
It’s understood that the club would only let Clucas leave should they receive £20 million in return. Speaking at a press conference this morning, Slutsky claimed it was a “very difficult situation” and added that each decision is that of the owners.
16:00 – Tuesday 15th August
Hull City reject second Burnley offer for Clucas
Hull City have rejected a second offer for Sam Clucas from Premier League Burnley this afternoon, according to Sky Sports News.
The Tigers are keen to keep hold of their star midfielder and have already rejected one £5 million offer from Sean Dyche’s side.
Other clubs including West Brom and Newcastle have expressed their interest in the 26-year old this summer, and Hull now have two weeks left this window to keep the player at the club.
10:00 – Tuesday 15th August
West Brom to end interest in Clucas in favour of another midfielder
West Brom are set to end their interest in Hull City midfielder Sam Clucas, with Tony Pulis close to completing the signing of Everton’s Gareth Barry instead.
Reports suggested that Barry was the Baggies first choice target, but would pursue the Tigers man should they miss out. However, Sky Sports understand Barry could undergo a medical today.
This is good news for Leonid Slutsky’s side, but with two weeks left in the transfer window, it’s likely they’ll have to fight off more interest, especially with Burnley like to increase their initial bid.
Source says Gareth Barry move to @WBA close – medical could be tomorrow.
— Jim White (@JimWhite) August 14, 2017
19:45 – Monday 14th August
City target Marvin Johnson hands in transfer request
Hull City target Marvin Johnson has handed in a transfer request, according to Sky Sports News.
Oxford United rejected a £1 million offer from the Tigers last week, but the left-winger has told manager Pep Clotet he wants to leave the club.
City are expected to improve their bid for Johnson later this week, with the League One side holding out for a deal in the region of £2.5 million.
09:30 – Monday 14th August
West Brom are the latest team looking at Sam Clucas
Sky Sports understand West Bromwich Albion are keen to bring in Sam Clucas should they fail to sign Gareth Barry from Everton.
The 26-year old is in hot demand this transfer window, with the Tiger rejecting a somewhat mediocre offer of £5 million from Burnely last week, but more offers are expected to come through the door this week.
West Brom have already taken one of Hull City’s star midfielders this year in Jake Livermore, so could CLucas be heading the same way? Remember, Leonid Slutsky reminded the press just last week that the supermarket remains shut.