Summer Transfer Speculation Mounts for Hull City
Well, it's been almost a month since the last agonising day of the season.
A day that saw the mighty Tigers live to fight another Premiership day. A day that saw the Tiger nation go through great highs and lows as scores filtered into the stadium over radios and mobile phones.
Since the end of May, the players and staff have been on their vacations, and some such as Dean Windass, Ryan France, John Welsh, and Michael Bridges have been released.
Some of the club's juniors also have been released: James Bennett, Joe Lamplough, Matt Plummer, and Tom Woodhead.
Who will be their replacements? Who will be the next generation of Tigers stars and our Saturday afternoon heroes?
This is a breakdown of the current crop of rumours and speculation of future signings.
The club have made one signing in Steven Mouyokolo from Boulogne, France. He is a young centre back, and is arguably one of France's emerging talents. We actually signed him in January but agreed to let him stay with Boulogne so that he could help them get into the French top division.
Agreed a fee
The first player and the point of much discussion for Hull City fans is one Fraizer Campbell of Manchester United. Campbell, who was a sensation when he played on loan to the club in the 2007-08 promotion season, is rumoured to have accepted a 6 million pound offer.
Campbell's signature isn't a done deal; he still has to come to personal terms. He is currently at the U21 Tournament with England, so if he plays well that could increase his wage demands or get another club upping the bid to Manchester United for him.
Kevin Davies from Bolton; he plays for Phil Brown's old club and is a personal friend of Brown.
Victor Anichebe from Everton—Anichebe was looked at during last season's January transfer window, but Everton wouldn't release him. He fell out with David Moyes over it and hasn't played for them much since.
Dean Whitehead, who we tried to sign last season from Sunderland. Club Chairman Paul Duffen has scotched this rumour.
Paul McShane of Sunderland; he had a successful loan spell with us up to January before being recalled by Sunderland just to deprive us of his services. We will have to battle Ipswich for his services if we do want him, but as with Whitehead, Duffen claims we have no interest in signing him.
Manucho, who was on loan to us from Manchester United last season. It is felt that the price would have to be right. Both Stoke and Wolverhampton are said to be sniffing around Manucho.
Kevin Nolan from relegated Newcastle, another friend of Brown's from his old days and looking to get away from the Magpies before the start of their Championship campaign.
Amadou Alassane from Le Havre in France; he's a good goal scorer from the French second division, but would the step up be too much?
Liam Miller released by QPR; a strange rumour, probably put around by his agent. A player that can't make it in the Championship, so why would he make it in the Premiership?
Marcin Wasilewski from Anderlecht, Belgium; a Belgian international right back would be a good acquisition for the club at around 2 million pounds.
Chris Brunt, one of the few shining lights from West Brom's relegated team, scored quite a few goals last season.
Robert Huth from Middlesbrough—not too sure about him as we now have Michael Turner, Kamil Zayette, Mouyokolo, Kevin Kilbane, and Anthony Gardner (if fit) to play centre back. He would be a good signing for the club as it shows intent.
Radoslav Kovac from Spartak Moscow, a central midfielder with Champions League experience, would be a very good signing. It will be difficult luring him over other clubs in the Premiership.
Landry N'Guemo from Nancy in France a central midfielder with bags of European football experience.
Of the rumour and speculation it's hard to see who if any of the players listed will be in amber and black for the new season. However, Duffen has proven that his linguistic abilities (he speaks fluent French) are a useful trait in negotiations with the French clubs last year.
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