Hull City Face Premier League Competition For Cup Winner

Hull City are facing a battle to sign Irish right-back Sam Curtis from St Patrick’s Athletic, according to a report from The Irish Sun.

Curtis has been the subject of intrigue from several clubs already, with the right-back even gathering interest from the Premier League. Sheffield United are currently monitoring the progress of the 18-year-old, who is comfortably one of St Pat’s best players.

The League of Ireland side are aware they face a battle to keep their star player. He played a huge role in the side that won the FAI Cup last season, beating Bohemians in the final at the Aviva Stadium. Curtis is the fourth youngest player in the history of the LOI according to Transfermarkt, making his debut at 15 years old for Shamrock Rovers in 2021.

As reported by The Sun, Curtis has already held talks with both Hull and the Blades. No final decision has been made as of yet, but the two clubs are currently the most likely to land his services when he does decide to leave Ireland.

The right-back could leave the club this month, with the decision now being down to him. Pats are expected to net under £214,000 for the player, with his former clubs at youth and senior level expected to get a cut out of the final fee paid for the player.

Hull City will feel confident of landing Curtis due to their ability to offer him immediate game time. The Blades are unlikely to be able to guarantee that if a move happens immediately due to their involvement in the Premier League relegation battle.

Curtis has played 64 games in his short career so far, scoring three goals and delivering six assists in that period. He is thought by many to be the best right-back in the League of Ireland.

A decision on his next club is said to be imminent, with Hull and the Blades awaiting the player to communicate his desires to them. The Irish top-flight does not return until February 16th, making a January move for Curtis almost certain.

Hull have several Irish players within the squad at present, with five members of the team being from the country. Two of those are full-backs, with Cyrus Christie and James Furlong likely to provide competition for their countryman if he does join.

Writer’s View

Curtis is a hugely talented young full-back and more than capable of contributing to either side upon his arrival. Jayden Bogle is unlikely to be unstuck from Chris Wilder’s team at present, however, meaning a move to Hull City is the most likely to be the final destination of the Pats defender.

The Irishman wants immediate first-team football, and the Blades are not going to be able to guarantee that for definite at this moment in time.

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