Hull City: Tigers Pounce on Bateleur Eagle, Benjani

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IAugust 30, 2009

HULL, UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 16:  Mwaruwari Benjani of Manchester City battles for the ball with George Boateng of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Hull City and Manchester City at The KC Stadium on November 16, 2008 in Hull, England.  (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

Manchester City's Zimbabwean striker Benjamin "Benjani" Mwaruwari looks set to sign for East Yorkshire's finest, Hull City. Speculation is rife in the Tiger-nation that Benjani has been at the Kingston Communication undergoing a medical today.

The Yorkshire club have been seeking more strikers to bolster their lacklustre attack all summer and were linked with moves for the likes of Bobby Zamora and Marlon Harewood earlier in the summer. Last season the Tigers were the lowest scoring Premier League club with a poultry 39 goals all season.

Benjani, who only managed 21 appearances for Manchester City since signing from Portsmouth for £3.87 million, most of them coming from the subs bench, managed to score four goals in total for the Eastlands team, one of which famously came on his debut against great rivals Manchester United at Old Trafford.

The Zimbabwean international has become surplus to requirements since the Eastlands team's takeover, which has seen the likes of Carlos Tevez, Gareth Barry, Emmanuel Adebayor, Joleon Lescott, and Shaun Wright-Phillips arrive at Manchester City.

Prior to his disappointing time at Eastlands, Benjani had productive spells at Portsmouth, where he scored 19 goals in 70 appearances and became a cult favourite among their fans, and at French side Auxerre where he scored an impressive 39 times in 72 appearances.

The Zimbabwean will join new signings Jozy Altidore and Kamel Ghilas in a battle for one of the striker's jerseys at the KC Stadium. After a disappointing start to the transfer window Hull City manager Phil Brown has managed to pull off some impressive signings.

Not least the aforementioned Altidore, a USA international wonderkid, and energetic Algerian striker Ghilas, who have formed a productive partnership in the few games they have played together.

Meanwhile Hull City have also announced that they have signed former loanee Paul McShane from Sunderland for £2.5 million. McShane had an impressive loan spell with the Tigers at the start of last season, playing an important role in helping the Yorkshire club to enjoy one of the best debut starts ever seen in Premier League history.

However, then Sunderland boss Ricky Sbragia had other ideas. After seeing how well McShane was doing with the Tigers he decided to recall him to the Stadium of Light from his loan spell, thus depriving the Tigers of his services. This was a decisive act for Hull City, and was one of the reasons they endured such a slide down the Premier League table after January.

Hull City boss Phil Brown will be hoping that the signing of McShane will help to give the Hull City defence the steel that has been lacking since his January exit, and with the addition of Benjani this famous old club may finally have regained that cutting edge that has been sorely missed since their flying start to last season.