With a return to the Premier League assured via the Championship play-offs in May, Hull City are ramping up their preparations, and manager Steve Bruce looks to be closing in on one signing in particular.
It’s been reported that Hull are in advanced talks with Bordeaux’s talented defender Lamine Sane and that the 29-year-old has been advised to avoid training with the French club to stay injury-free.
Bruce should know a good centre-half when he sees one, and Sane has featured Les Girondins over 200 times since making his debut in 2009.
Sane is also 25-time Senegal international too, and would bring a wealth of experience to the Tigers’ defence.
He is a few years younger than Hull’s current crop of defenders, and would be a welcome addition to a side many expect to feature in the bottom half of the table.
A deal is expected to be reached sooner rather than later, and with transfermarkt.co.uk handing Sane a market value of £3.4m, Hull won’t have to break the bank to land this established defender.
But one target the Tigers may find prised away from their grasp is Euro 2016 hero Hal Robson-Kanu.
The forward let his contract with Reading reach a conclusion in the summer, and a stunning Cruyff turn and goal versus Belgium in Wales quarter-final thrust the 27-year-old onto the international scene.
So much so, that it’s believed a number of Chinese Super League clubs are willing to offer Robson-Kanu £100,000 per week.
That’s not something Hull are believed to be interested in matching, but there’s little doubting the forward’s movement, work-rate, and as seen in France -goal-getting, would be a major asset to the Yorkshire club this season.
But should Sane make the move to Hull, he could find himself making his debut against the reigning champions.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.