Hull City To Change Transfer Target Due to Premier League Competition

After missing out on play-offs last season, Hull City are looking to bolster options up top through the permanent signing of Liam Delap but could be forced to look elsewhere due to reported Premier League competition.

The 21-year-old has had three loans after his move to the East-Yorkshire-based side last season. In his time in the Championship, the forward found the net 12 times. His 10 goals last season were much improved compared to the one goal he bagged for Preston North End the season before.

 

As a result of his strong performances, the centre-forward has garnered interest from clubs in the top-flight. Journalist Alan Nixon has reported that Southampton are now keen on signing Delap. After many opportunities in the Championship, a chance to join the top division could prove to be an attractive prospect for Delap.

Manchester City are said to value the forward at £10 million, a fee Southampton can pay due to their recent promotion to the Premier League. On the other hand, Tim Walter’s side have a clear ambition of returning to the Premier League, as seen by their transfer strategy last season with the likes of Fabio Carvalho joining on loan from Liverpool.

Due to interest from the Saints, a move for Jay Stansfield from Fulham could be likely. It was reported a month ago by Hull Live that the Tigers were interested in signing the striker after his loan at Birmingham City. Despite the Blues’ relegation, he still scored 13 goals and provided three assists in all competitions and was one of the few players to emerge from that campaign with any credit.

With the Cottagers possessing Raul Jimenez, Rodrigo Muniz and Carlos Vinicius, the forward’s minutes could be limited. In addition, Hull City are a team on the up where he could become a mainstay for years to come.

Writer’s View

For Hull City, a move for the Fulham prospect could be important to building on last season. With Stansfield’s minutes looking limited ahead of the 2024/25 campaign, a move away looks necessary for his development.

On the other hand, Delap has shown great potential in his tenure in England’s second tier. However, with just 12 goals in three loan stints, will he be ready for the step up to the Premier League? Therefore, a move for Stansfield seems to be the best option for Walter’s side in their bid for promotion.

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