‘You’ll have to see’ – Hull City boss coy over latest transfer market progress
The latest transfer news from the MKM Stadium as City prepare for their penultimate friendly of the summer
Hull City remain confident of making further additions to their squad before the season kicks off at Norwich City on Saturday week, according to boss Liam Rosenior.
City are in talks with a number of potential new recruits and remain keen to bolster their ranks having already signed Liam Delap, Ruben Vinagre and Jason Lokilo.
The Tigers are still in the market for attacking options plus a goalkeeper to provide competition for number one Matt Ingram, having walked away from a deal to sign Karl Darlow earlier in the summer.
Despite the clamour for news about potential incomings, Rosenior says the club continue to work hard behind the scenes and are keen to keep their targets under wraps, to avoid alerting any potential rivals.
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“You’ll see,” joked the City boss when asked by Hull Live if anything was close, either coming in or going out. “It’s important that we keep our cards close to our chest.
“We are in talks with some exciting players who we are competing for so I don’t think it’s right for me to talk about anyone at the moment.
“The sooner the better for me. The sooner I get the players in I want, the better it is for any coach. It’s a process. You have to negotiate with clubs, you have to negotiate with agents, speak with clubs and then if it’s a loan then the club has to release those players because they have to get their players in.
“We’re really set. I know the positions we’re recruiting in and I pretty much know the players that we’re recruiting so I’m in a really comfortable place, so yes, I might have to put the foot down on the accelerator and get those players in.”
While some fans may be impatient and desperate for new arrivals, Rosenior says he’s content with how things are going given the complexities of the transfer window, particularly with many clubs in the second tier waiting on moves from top-flight clubs.
“To be honest, throughout the Championship, you haven’t seen many loan deals because everybody is waiting for Premier League clubs to make their moves, and it’s part of the market,” he explained.
“It’s not the fault of any Championship clubs, if you want your top target, sometimes you have to be willing to wait for them.”
The Tigers’ head coach has spoken openly since arriving in November about having a tight squad with his current roster touching 30 players, and as the window wears on, players will naturally have to move on to play regular football with decisions needing to be made.
“We’ve got a lot of players and we’re making decisions on the players that we might have to move on,” he said. “Yes, for me it’s exciting in July, it’s exciting to sign players but I want to be excited in May at the end of the season.
“We have to be really calm and have a process in the way that we work. So far, I couldn’t be happier with the recruitment in any areas that we know we needed to address.”