Hull City: Tigers' Transfer Rumor Mill
With the weekend totally lost to football because of the unusually bad winter weather and the only visual offerings on the television are Manchester United or Arsenal games (who wants to watch those two crumby teams, anyway?), it was time to take a look at who or what are on the rumor radar for the Tigers for this transfer window.
Hull City Chairman, Adam Pearson has had his work cut out trying to find funds for the club since taking over from Paul Duffen. The club have a huge unsustainable wage bill of over £39 million, and Pearson feels the clubs needs to have a more manageable wage structure in the region of £30 million.
To this end it means players going out and not coming in. However, Pearson has said that if the club can lose five or six players then Brown will be able to bring some much needed steel in up front. He has also told Brown to target loan signings to fill the voids that any sales may cause. He has even said that all, and any players can be sold if the right price.
However, Pearson, who has been working hard behind the scenes to bring in further investment to the club, feels that any further investment in the club probably won't manifest itself until the summer when the club learns which division it will be playing in next season.
Pearson told the Hull Daily Mail, "We have made progress through various different routes of trying to inject short or medium term money into the club, but at this minute in time there is no definitive news in any investment partners at all.
"I would envisage it will be more likely to be the summer before we entice people to invest.
"The present situation is that people in January look at a Premier League club and want to know where it is going to be in the summer.
"In my opinion, it would be more likely that if somebody wanted to buy into the club, they would do so in the summer months when they know the status of the club.
"I am where we expected us to be at this stage....It is difficult to bring investors into the club part-way through a season when you don't know where you're going to be at the end of it."
Out: Daniel Cousin
The out of favour Gabon Captain, Daniel Cousin has not been a starter for the Tigers since his he was substituted in the thumping by Tottenham Hotspurs at the KC Stadium in the second week of the season.
Brown replaced Cousin 22 minutes in to the game after the Tigers were already 2-0 down. The change was insubstantial as the game ended with a 5-1 thrashing, but the change did bring about a goal for the Tigers.
Unfortunately for Cousin, Brown has a liking for players that appear to give 100 percent in games. Cousin is a fantastically gifted player, but he can get lost in games for large periods. As Brown sees it, if you go missing for so long it makes the rest of the team have to work so much harder, and Cousin has fallen out of favour.
Initially it was thought that Cardiff City was in the running to sign the striker, but if the Tigers can bring in a replacement striker a deal may be on the cards for him to link up with Caleb Folan at Queen's Park Rangers.
Out: Caleb Folan
The 6'1'' Irish striker is rumored to be on his way to Queens Park Rangers. The Irishman had been the Tigers' record signing when the club spent over £1 million to sign him from Wigan Athletic.
Unfortunately, he has been out on loan since the end of the summer transfer window at the start of the season with Middlesbrough, but he was injured early on in his time with Boro.
Folan was scathing of Hull City boss Phil Brown for his treatment since promotion to the Premiership. Folan had been an ever present in the club's promotion winning campaign, but since promotion, his first-team appearances have been few and far between.
A move back to the Championship would be a good way for Folan to get some much needed first team football with the Euro 2012 qualifiers ready to start in the autumn.
Out: Peter Halmosi
Halmosi, the Hungarian international, joined the club from Plymouth when the Tigers won promotion. He had been an ever present in Plymouth's failed promotion bid of 2007-08 and had run the Hull City defence ragged when the Tigers played Plymouth that season.
Unfortunately, Halmosi failed to get a solid run in the Tiger's Premiership side. Through injury or loss of form he never quite set the Premiership alight, in the club's debut season. This season has seen him slip down the pecking order and sees him not even making the first team squad on most occasions.
It is thought that Sheffield United have inquired about the Hungarian with a view to a possible swap with money for the Blades, defender Matt Kilgallon.
Out: Steven Hunt
The tenacious Steven Hunt has been the target of ex-Irish manager Mick McCarthy. McCarty is said to have put in a £3 million bid in for the battling winger, but Brown has said that he doesn't want to lose one of the clubs jewels.
Pearson reiterated Brown when he told the Hull Daily Mail, "The situation on our key players, the ones who are playing every week, is that we haven't received one call.
"The only time we would listen to an offer on a key player is if it was a ridiculous amount of money that would enable us to restructure or bring in three or four new players, but I see no sign of that being the case."
However, McCarthy is said to be willing to wait to bring in Hunt and will pounce in the summer if he isn't able to sign him this winter.
Out: Kevin Kilbane
The Irish centurion defender has been a bit part player this season for the Tigers. However, his versatility and experience would mean that the loss of "Killa" would be a blow to the club.
Relegation rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers are rumored to have made a small bid for the defender. Mick McCarthy has let it be known that he coverts the Irishman since his time as the Irish manager, where Kilbane was an ever present in McCarthy's Irish side.
Although, Brown would be unhappy to loose Kilbane because of the cover he can provide, Pearson would be happy to let him go because of the reduction in the club's wage bill.
Kilbaneis also wanted by Gordon Strachan; it is also rumored that Boro boss Strachan is keen to bring in the experienced Irishman to bolster his floundering Boro team in the Championship.
Out: Jan Vanegoor of Hesselink
The big striker with the even bigger name is wanted by Middlesbrough boss Gordon Strachan. Strachan was Hesselink's manager at Celtic, where he had some of his biggest success, scoring 44 goals in only 89 appearances.
Hesselink has scored two goals this season in eight appearances since signing for the Tiger as a free agent, on the advice of former Hull City player and England manager Steve McClaren.
The Dutchman trained for McClaren's, FC Twente during the summer to try to get fit for the current season, but his reported £28,000-a-week deal at the KC Stadium. Money that could be spent more wisely in the lean times the Tigers are living through.
The Zimbabwean striker Benjani is another loan target of the Tigers with Phil Brown a definite fan, having tried to sign him during the Summer transfer window.
Benjani, who was so prolific whilst at Portsmouth before his move to Manchester City, has been left in the wilderness like Caicedo at the City of Manchester Stadium. Benjani scored 19 goals in 67 first team appearances on the South Coast, but his time in Manchester has been limited but he has scored seven goals in 22 appearances.
In: Jemaine Beckford
The 26-year-old Leeds United Striker has scored an impressive 74 goals in a 118 appearances for the Coca Cola Division one leaders, not least the winner against Manchester United in this years F.A. Cup.
However, the asking price for a third division striker may be to much for the Tigers to take a gamble on a player with a poor first touch, who would have his work cut out having to make not one step up in level but a massive two.
In: Kris Boyd
The prolific Glasgow Rangers' striker Boyd has primarily been the subject of paper gossip, but if Brown and Pearson could bring in Boyd, it would be a big scalp for the East Yorkshire club.
In the three-and-a-half years he has been at Ibrox Stadium, he has scored a massive 121 goals in 175 appearances. A feat that has made the want away Scotsman a highly sort after player.
In: Matthew Kilgallon
The strong Kilgallon has been an ever present in the heart of the Sheffield United defence this season. It is reported that the Tigers have put in a bid in the region of £2 million with Peter Halmosi in with the deal.
However, Kilgallon has gone on record stating that he has no wish to leave the Blades, with Sheffield United's manager Kevin Blackwell more than happy to keep him at Bramhall Lane.
In: Marlon Harewood
The Aston Villa striker who is currently on loan with Newcastle United in the Championship is yet again rumored to be a target of Brown and Hull City.
This is a rumor that seems to pop up every transfer window like an ill wind from the Arctic North. Harewood, who has been shut out at Villa Park with the striking wealth at Martin O'Neill's hands, has been at St James' Park trying to resurrect his career.
After good spells at West Ham before his current spell with Villa, the move to the Toon Army seems to be doing him some good. He has scored five goals in nine games helping the North East club to the top of the Championship table.
Failed Bid: Freddy Adu
The young American who sprung onto the World stage as a precocious 14-year-old wonder kid has not fully filled his early promise. Since moving to Benfica in Portugal, he has been loaned to AS Monaco in the French Ligue 1, then Benelenses in the Portuguese Liga.
The Midfielder has twittered about his big decision to choose between Aris Thessaloniki in Greece or the Tigers. Choosing Aris over the Tigers due to the chance of first team football with the World Cup on the horizon.
Failed bid: Felipe Caicedo
The young Ecuadorian striker has fallen out of favour at Eastlands with the influx of Mark Hughes and now Roberto Mancini's expensive signings.
Pearson and Brown were hoping to bring in the gifted striker on loan—he is currently on loan at Sporting Lisbon in Portugal—but after much background work from the Hull City management team, he has chosen to go out on loan in La Liga at Malaga.
In: The Others
The list of rumored signings never seems to end with some completely ridiculous and some that are completely unattainable to the cash strapped club.
Nuno Gomes - The Benfica striker who could definitely get a bigger club than Hull City.
Sol Campbell - The out of contract veteran with crocked knees.
Colin Kazim-Richards - We are linked yet again with the Fenebache winger who struggled the last time he played in the Premiership.
Osvaldo - The Bologna striker who like Gomes could get a loan contract with a bigger club than the Tigers.
James Beattie - The want away Stoke City striker would seem to be a good signing for the Tigers. Last season he helped Stoke to survival, but would Brown want his disruptive influence in the dressing room?
Whoever, the Tigers manage to bring in for the second half of the season the task is still very hard for Phil Brown and for Adam Pearson behind the scenes. The club needs some serious investment if it wants to flourish in the Premier League.
Pearson, who sacrificed his position at the club when he sold it to Russell Bartlett, will maybe have to do it again if he does manage to get a high rolling investor for the East Yorkshire club.