Four-Time European Champions Targeting Hull City Man

Ajax have become the latest team to target Hull City star Jaden Philogene after he continues to star for the Championship promotion challengers, according to journalist Tom Collomosse.

The 22-year-old only joined the Tigers on transfer deadline day last summer after agreeing a reported £5 million move from Aston Villa. The deal was seen as somewhat as a coup for the Humberside outfit, with an array of clubs said to have been chasing his signature.

He appeared on Hull’s radar after an excellent loan stint at Cardiff City last season, and he has been one of Liam Rosenior’s standout performers as they look to return to the Premier League for the first time since 2017.

With eight goals and six assists in 22 league outings thus far, the attacker’s form has caught the eye of Tottenham Hotspur. Former Scotland international Alan Hutton said earlier this week that it is a move that could tempt the youngster, although former club Villa do hold a £15 million buy-back clause that was inserted into the deal which saw him arrive at the MKM Stadium.

However, interest in growing and four-time European champions Ajax are the latest to have been linked to the former Stoke City loanee. According to Tom Collomosse, the Dutch giants are monitoring his progress and are one of a number of teams considering a summer move.

Furthermore, the journalist states that Hull would only consider sanctioning a deal if they were to receive more than the £15 million which his former club would be forced to pay should they want to bring him back to the West Midlands. However, the clause would only come into play should the club earn promotion themselves this season.

The Tigers remain in the final Championship play-off spot, despite drawing their last three games. They face a tough task this weekend as they look to return to winning ways when league leaders Leicester City visit the MKM Stadium.

Writer’s View

Philogene is a player who is rated highly and expected to push on in his career over the next few years. He did make one Premier League appearance for Aston Villa this season before his move to Humberside, and Unai Emery’s side were clearly reluctant to let him go – hence the buy-back clause.

It is no surprise to see bigger clubs circling. Hull will be hoping they can earn themselves promotion this season, which will go a long way in convincing the player to remain at the club. Villa aside, the Tigers do hold the upper hand, having tied the winger down to a three-year deal with the option to extend by an additional 12 months.

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