Five facts about Hull City target Ilombe Mboyo

Hull City Fans

Steve Bruce has been linked with a move for Belgian striker Mboyo. Here is all you need to know about the player...

Reports yesterday suggested that Hull City manager Steve Bruce was considering a £6million move for Belgian striker Ilombe Mboyo.

The 26-year-old, who currently plays for KAA Gent, is believed to be an alternative to Burnley’s Charlie Austin.

The Tigers will certainly need some new firepower if they are to survive in the top flight next season. But Mboyo has a past that may leave many fans questioning his potential signing.

Here are five facts about the player:

1) Mboyo began as a youth player for Anderlecht, at which time he played alongside Vincent Kompany. The Manchester City captain later described the striker as “a rare pearl”.

2) The striker went on to join the youth set-up of Club Brugge, and it was during his time there that he was convicted for his part in a gang-rape of an underage child. While serving three years of an eight-year sentence he began a rehabilitation programme called Football in Prison, through which he met officials from Charleroi. On his release, he joined the club permanently.

3) Mboyo’s professional career started less than impressively and he was later loaned out to Kortrijk, for whom he later signed a permanent deal, duly scoring 6 goals and providing 5 assists.

4) In January 2011, he signed for Gent, before being handed the captain’s armband and receiving his first international call-up - following the withdrawal of Romelu Lukaku - for the games against Serbia and Scotland. His time at Gent has seen him score 36 goals in 77 league games to date.

5) The player was the subject of a failed bid from Norwich City back in January. But whoever he does ultimately join, perhaps he shouldn’t be on penalty-taking duty if the effort below is anything to go by…

 

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