A weekly round-up of the transfer rumours in and out of Hull City and the names linked with the vacant manager's position.
Saturday 27th May
To the surprise of no-one – Marco Silva was unveiled as the new temporary manager of Watford. That’s not his role officially but any manager at that club is going to be temporary. Joking aside, it’s a brave move for Silva. Even successful managers have fallen victim to the Pozzos and their itchy trigger finger.
Sunday 28th May
The Mirror reckon Everton will challenge Spurs for the signature of Harry Maguire for a fee of £22m. That would be an eye-watering figure for a player who only has a year on his contract and is approaching ten times what we paid for Maguire in the first place. Harry has a ton of promise and is a good age but that would be a huge amount of money for a player who has only been a first team regular in the Premier League for six months.
The same article has Burnley down as potential suitors for former loanee striker Oumar Niasse of Everton.
In the Polish media rumours surface linking Kamil Grosicki with Watford. Don’t worry, the English press will catch up with that one and run it and run it this week.
Monday 29th May
It’s a day of tenuous links. The club hope to appoint a manager in the next fortnight. The first link from French site jeunesfooteux.com links former Yugoslavia and Bosnia international Blaz Sliskovic, now manager of Croats Zrinjski Mostar, with the job. I think the return of Terry Dolan is more likely.
Paul Lambert left Wolves after less than a season and was immediately suggested as a City target by Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones. I don’t know if this was a rumour, a guess or a prediction. Either way, all of the “newz” sites picked up on it.
Kamil Grosicki is on the radar of Newcastle United according to Sportowefakty. Either they have better contacts than most and would know or they have more interest in making stuff up than the papers over here. Who knows?
Another of our recently departed loanees Andrea Ranocchia has been offered to Newcastle say their local, the Chronicle.
Tuesday 30th May
The national Daily Mail suggest that Preston manager Simon Grayson has impressed the Allams with his achievements in Lancashire on a shoe-string budget. Grayson does have decent pedigree having won promotion from League One three times with Preston, Huddersfield and Leeds but does appear to have hit a ceiling in the middle of the Championship. He has certainly got an eye for talent and has spotted and developed players like Tom Barkhuizen and Jordan Hugill this season.
The Mirror claim Marco Silva is set to raid City for Kamil Grosicki and Eldin Jakupovic and also wants Omar Elabdellaoui. They say Grosicki would command a fee of £7.7m, Jak a cool £1.8m and Elab-de-mouthful £5.5m from his parent club Olympiakos.
There are too many stories around Grosicki to imagine he’s going to be at City next season. Jakupovic seems an unlikelier target for a Premier League club. He’s an infectious character but not a top-class goalkeeper. At 32 years old, he might fancy a big move but he’s waited a long time to play regularly in England. That would be more likely with The Tigers.
Thursday 1st June
A player was actually linked with JOINING City this week. Sporting’s Dutch left back Marvin Zeegelaar (right) has been linked before and almost joined Norwich in January. Sport Witness run a story from the Portuguese newspaper A Bola saying City have shown interest but haven’t made a bid.
The blog Football Whispers say that Liverpool, who have been linked with Harry Maguire and Andy Robertson in recent weeks, want Josh Tymon. The 18 year-old is unlikely to sign a professional contract with City and could leave for a compensation payment. Big clubs have certainly watched him but I’d wait for a better source than this.
Friday 2nd June
The Mirror are selling Kamil Grosicki for us again on Friday. West Ham are the latest club who are supposedly going to pay £7.7m for the Polish winger. I’m not sure how it would go down in LONDON ENGLAND amongst Hammers fans. They’ve not taken to Robert Snodgrass who was excellent for us but has struggled since his £10m move in January.