Hull City take £20m Liverpool forward in loan deal

Hull City have bolstered their squad with Lazar Markovic, who has joined the club on loan from Liverpool for the remainder of the season.

Markovic was a £20million buy for the Reds during Brendan Rodgers’ time at the helm, and he made 34 appearances in all competitions in his first campaign on Merseyside. He spent the 2015-16 season on loan in Turkey with Fenerbahce, but he failed to impress Jurgen Klopp when he tried to force his way back in the Anfield set up last summer.

Instead, Markovic was sent on loan to Sporting Lisbon for the duration of the present campaign, but this deal has now been cancelled by mutual consent which has left him free to join the Tigers. The 22-year-old Serbian forward, who has 22 caps for his country, becomes Marco Silva’s second signing of the window following right fullback Omar Elabdellaoui.

Markovic began his career with Partizan Belgrade, where he emerged from the youth ranks to go on and score 14 goals in 65 first team appearances. This earned him a move to Benfica where he gained a reputation as one of the brightest young talents in Europe, which persuaded Rodgers to spend £20million on his budget to lure him to Liverpool.

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