Latest Hull City transfer news: Rak-Sakyi rumours, Rosenior on Ebiowei interest, Porteous chase, Scott allowed to leave
Hull City has a big January transfer window ahead of them and manager Liam Rosenior is keen to make his mark on the squad.
The Tigers currently sit 21st in the Championship and sit two points above the relegation zone in what has been a disappointing season so far.
Rosenior, who acted as interim manager at Derby County in League One earlier in the season, was named to replace Shota Arveladze in September and has made a decent start at the MKM Stadium with one win and three draws since it opened five games.
But he will be eager to step up before a fight for survival ensues and we take a look at some of the latest transfer rumors surrounding the club before the window opens next month.
Possible Rak Sakyi move
One name linked with the club in recent days has been Crystal Palace forward Jesurun Rak-Sakyi.
The 20-year-old is currently on loan at Charlton Athletic in League One but the Tigers are one of the clubs keeping an eye on him, along with Millwall, Ipswich Town and Sheffield Wednesday, according to journalist Alan Nixon.
Rak-Sakyi has performed well for the Addicks with five goals and two assists in 18 games but it’s been a difficult season for the club and they currently lie 18th in the table, just four points above the relegation zone and lead Palace an consider sending it somewhere else.
Dean Holden has just been appointed as Charlton’s new manager which could change the situation but if he is called back the Tigers could be a possible target.
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Rosenior confirms Ebiowei’s interest
Another Palace player under Hull’s watch is winger Malcolm Ebiowei.
Rosenior previously worked with Ebiowei at Derby and the club are in talks with the Premier League side over a potential deal. When asked about the situation, Rosenior confirmed he would love to get back together with the 19-year-old.
“He (Ebiowei) is one of the few people that we look at,” Rosenior told Hull Live. “It’s up to Crystal Palace as his parent club what they do with him. He is in our thoughts like many people at the moment, but there is nothing concrete yet.
“It’s just about making the team as strong as possible in the short term.”
Competition for Porteous
Alongside Rak-Sakyi and Eboiwei, Hull has joined the queue for Hibernian defender Ryan Porteous.
The 23-year-old turned down the offer for a new contract at Easter Road and Hibs manager Lee Johnson confirmed the club expect him to leave in January.
According to The Sun, Hull are the latest Championship side to enter the race, with West Bromwich Albion, Watford, Norwich City, Stoke City, Sunderland and Millwall also interested in the centre-half.
The Tigers are reportedly preparing an offer next month and it would be a significant coup should they take him to East Yorkshire.
Scott was allowed to go
Rosenior would like to bring reinforcements in January but has also indicated his intention to downsize the squad.
One player allowed to leave in January is striker James Scott, who has not appeared for the club for over a year and was loaned to Hibernian last season.
The 22-year-old was left out of the squad earlier in the season meaning he cannot play and Rosenior confirmed he can leave next month.
“He didn’t travel to Turkiye with us because I had to reduce the squad,” Rosenior told Hull Live. “I had a really great conversation with him and from my point of view he has to find the best solution for his career.
“As a club I would say we are all on the same page. He did absolutely nothing wrong but at the same time he is not a part of my short term plans and hopefully he can be fixed.