Hull City have agreed a deal with Tottenham Hotspur for Michael Dawson, and have hinted their interest in Jordan Rhodes is not over.
The Tigers have taken Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore from White Hart Lane in recent times, both of whom have proven to be successful additions. And they are now on the verge of welcoming a third player from the London club, after manager Steve Bruce confirmed that a deal has been agreed for the transfer of central defender Dawson.
Speaking to Sky Sports following the 1-1 home draw with Stoke City which maintained their unbeaten start to the season, the Hull manager said: “Michael Dawson we hope we can get. There’s a deal in place in principle anyway. Hopefully, touch wood, we’ll see what develops. We’re looking to bring two or three in. We’re close to one (Dawson) in particular.”
Bruce has been frustrated in his attempts to persuade Blackburn Rovers to sell Rhodes, the Scotland international striker, having failed with two bids for his signature. The former Manchester United captain sees the 24-year-old as the ideal successor to Shane Long, who he sold to Southampton, and has hinted that another bid may be on the cards.
“I thought I had Jordan Rhodes 24 hours ago and it seems to be further away than ever,” he added. “We’ve been negotiating for a week. We’ll see what this week brings.”
As well as looking to improve on their 16th place finish last season, Bruce knows he needs more depth to his squad to cope with the demands of the UEFA Europa League, which they qualified for having reached the FA Cup final where they lost to Arsenal. The Tigers resume their European adventure on Thursday evening, when they host KSC Lokeren.
The Belgian side, who finished fifth in their domestic league last term, lead 1-0 from the first leg, and travel to the KC Stadium on the back of a 1-0 defeat to Club Brugge on Sunday afternoon. Whoever progresses in the competition following the second leg meet this week will make it into the group stages, the draw for which takes place on Friday.
Hull fans – do you think Dawson will prove a good signing? And after having two bids rejected for Rhodes, what do you think your maximum offer should be? Let us know what you think by joining in the discussion below!