Hull City are in the market for a new centre-forward. Manchester United’s Danny Welbeck had been a surprise link, but that story seems to have cooled down in recent days.
One name that has appeared is FC Lorient striker Vincent Aboubakar. The Cameroonian striker scored 16 league goals for the French side last season, and his stock took a massive rise and a big move was expected this summer.
Portuguese giants Benfica and Sporting Lisbon had been very interested in the forward, with the latter having a bid accepted for the player. Aboubakar, according to L'equipe, has apparently said no to that switch and it has opened the door for Hull to make a last-ditch move.
It seems strange that a player would opt for a move to Hull instead of European football with one of Portugal’s biggest sides, but this is where the lure of the Premier League plays a huge part.
Last season when speaking to website French Football Weekly, Lorient president Loic Fery revealed that one of the main reasons he signed Aboubakar from Valenciennes on a free transfer was that he saw that the player was perfectly suited for life in the Premier League.
Aboubakar’s mixture of power, pace and eye for goal is exactly what Fery was talking about. On his performances last season, you can see his game suiting the characteristics of the English game very well. Aboubakar will know this, his agent will know this, and it looks like Hull know this too.
Monaco and Wolfsburg are meant to have an interest in the forward too. With Sporting having a bid of around €11 million agreed by Lorient, all the interested parties know what they have to offer to make it happen. The next stage is to sell your project to the player.
The striker is only 22 years old and any fee would be an investment. If Hull could convince him to come to England and excel in the Premier League, then they would have no trouble turning a profit in two or three years.
It would be a wonderful piece of business if the Tigers could lure him to the Premier League and there is little doubt that he has all the ability to be a huge star. Hull need to act now before other big sides smell a great opportunity.