Hull City will step up their interest in Fenerbahce winger Ryan Kent this month and are keen on a loan-to-buy deal with the Turkish giants, sources have informed The Real EFL.
The 27-year-old headed to the continent in the summer on a four-year deal but has failed to make an impression at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium. He has just 133 minutes of league action to his name, with 85 of those coming in the first game of the season.
The ex-Rangers man has fared better in the Europa Conference League, starting five of their six group games, but he is keen to put a premature end to his Turkish nightmare and return to the United Kingdom.
Hull Live revealed Hull’s interest in the player last month, although manager Liam Rosenior refused to be drawn in on the speculation, saying:
“For me I don’t comment on other players at other clubs. I focus on the work we do here. I focus on the bodies I have in the squad. We have a plan and we know what we want.
“I’ve never done it and I won’t start now – speaking about individual players at other clubs.”
It was also reported earlier today by Ibrox Noise that Rangers are keen to bring their former player back to Ibrox following an injury to Tom Lawrence, whilst Abdallah Sima will link up with Senegal for the African Cup of Nations. However, Kent isn’t held in high regard with supporters due to the nature of his exit, where he let his contract run down before departing for free last summer.
Hull are hoping to convince the 2022 Europa League finalist that he could be the final piece of the jigsaw that sees them earn a play-off position this season, having spent the last few weeks swapping places with Sunderland in that all-important sixth spot.
The Tigers are hoping that owner Acun Ilicali’s friendship with Fenerbahce executives will give them the upper hand, and they are keen to bring the former Liverpool youngster to the MKM Stadium for the remainder of the campaign. It is also understood that the Humberside outfit could tempt the attacker to opt for the Championship by including an option to buy clause in the deal, thus offering him a permanent exit from his current club.
Hull currently sit seventh in the second tier following a run of one win in four but will be hoping to progress to the FA Cup fourth round tomorrow when they take on managerless Birmingham City.