Hull City midfielder Evandro saw a move to Santos fall through on Wednesday.

The 32-year-old looked set for a return to Brazil but a deal fell short of the Brazilian transfer deadline, according to Sports Witness.

Evandro’s contract with the Tigers expires in the summer and he is expected to leave on a free transfer with Hull looking to further cut their costs at the end of this season.

The tricky midfielder’s time at the KCOM Stadium has been affected by injury but he has shown glimpses of genuine quality in the black and amber stripes and is popular amongst their fans. He has played 19 games in this campaign, chipping in with three goals and four assists.

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Marco Silva brought Evandro to East Yorkshire in January 2017 from FC Porto but he couldn’t prevent the Tigers from relegation from the Premier League.

He has played in the top divisions in Brazil for Atlético Paranaense, Palmeiras and Atlético Mineiro, in Serbia with Red Star Belgrade and Portugal with Estoril and Porto in the past. A move back to his native country is the most likely scenario for Evandro now, with Santos still a distinct possibility.

It will be another interesting summer for Nigel Adkins’ side with first-team players like Evandro, David Marshall and Fraizer Campbell all out of contract. They will also face a real battle to hold onto the likes of Jarrod Bowen, Markus Henriksen and Kamil Grosicki.

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