Hull City have been linked with an ambitious move for departing Fulham midfielder Jean Michael Seri.
Seri, 30, sees his Fulham contract expire at the end of this month, and it was revealed last month that the Whites would not be extending his stay.
It’s a disappointing end to what was a turbulent time at Craven Cottage for the Ivory Coast international, having suffered relegation in his first season before heading out on loan, then returning to help them win promotion last time round.
And Hull City have been tipped to snap him up on a free transfer.
So what’s the latest on Seri to Hull City?
Football Insider first reported Hull City’s interest in Seri at the end of May. Nothing was reported on the matter for a couple of weeks before it was then revealed earlier this month that Seri was set to meet with Hull City owner Acun Ilicali to discuss personal terms.
And the Hull owner gave an honest insight into those discussions just a few days ago, telling HullLive:
“Very probably he will be wearing a Hull City shirt. I was with him in Istanbul, and before I was a fan of his football but after I’ve got to know him, I’m a fan of his character, too. He is fully focused on football, he’s a family man who has the passion to take us to higher places.
“He will be chief of our orchestra in this team and with this quality of player being the chief in the team, I believe we will be very happy.”
Hull City have today seen George Honeyman secure his transfer to Millwall and so this potential signing of Seri takes on even more important for Tigers boss Shota Arveladze, who guided Hull to a steady 19th place finish last season.
And that ‘chief orchestra’ role that Ilicali talks about was filled by Honeyman last season, so Seri could yet be a like-for-like replacement, or maybe even a like-for-like improvement on Honeyman.
Seri then looks to be closing in on a move to Hull City. It’d be a real statement signing for the club under their new owner, with fans hopeful of seeing some more signings in the coming weeks ahead of what will be another tough Championship campaign next time round.