Hull City boss Grant McCann has ruled out a move for Liverpool’s Ben Woodburn, despite reports suggesting the Tigers were ready to pounce.
Hull have started strongly following their relegation to League One, winning three games from three to sit joint top of the embryonic table. McCann is still keen to add to his ranks as he seeks to bounce back at the first time of asking, but Woodburn is not an intended target, as revealed by Hull Live.
“I honestly don’t know where that story came from,” the former Doncaster boss said at his pre-match press conference when quizzed about Woodburn.
The 20-year-old became the Reds youngest-ever scorer in 2016 bagging against Leeds in the EFL Cup, but has since seen his stock drop dramatically. He made eight appearances for Sheffield United in a tough loan spell in the Championship, then appeared 14 times for Oxford in an injury-hit spell last season.
Woodburn may now be the focus of attention abroad, as he looks to kickstart his career. He had been expected to make a loan move to Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam and whilst Hull’s alleged interest seemed to make that less likely, he is seemingly now free to pursue other avenues.
One player McCann was linked with and did pursue was Sheffield United man Regan Slater. He joined up with the squad this week and will bring a variety of attributes to the Tigers’ squad as they look to continue their good form.
“He’s a really good player,” said McCann. “Really sharp in his movements, really energetic, calm on the ball and has really good legs in terms of running away from people.”
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The harsh truth is that Ben Woodburn has seen his career falter, and news that Hull are not interested won’t be a big blow to Tigers’ fans. Two years ago, Woodburn’s destination was an exciting topic, but one poor spell and another injury-hit one has seen him no longer featured as headline news.
It is a shame, he looked really good for Oxford in the early part of last season and a run of games should see him back in team’s thoughts, but he is further away from the Liverpool starting lineup now than he ever has been.
That makes his next loan spell crucial, but it won’t be with Hull City.