Hull City qualified for the Europa League after losing 3-2 to Arsenal in the FA Cup final, but failed to make the group stage after defeat to Belgian side Lokeren. With more money at Steve Bruce's disposal, the Tigers have embarked on an ambitious spending spree this summer.
The likes of Michael Dawson, Harry Maguire, Andrew Robertson, Mohamed Diame, Jake Livermore, Thomas Ince, Robert Snodgrass, Hatem Ben Arfa, Gaston Ramirez and Abel Hernandez all arrived at the KC Stadium this summer, and Hull are now expected to progress towards the top half of the table after staying up last season.
The arrival of Ben Arfa was particularly surprising, with the Frenchman often showing his class at Newcastle but often falling down because of his application. Yet Hull needed to sign another left footed winger after the aforementioned Snodgrass was ruled out for the entire season after suffering an injury on the opening day of the campaign.
Ben Arfa and Ramirez are only on loan for the season though, and there is no guarantee that both will stay beyond this term, and it seems that Bruce is looking to future after speculation broke over a move for Middlesbrough youngster Adam Reach.
The 21-year-old left winger has followed in the footsteps of Stewart Downing and Adam Johnson in coming through the Middlesbrough youth academy, and having impressed on loan at Bradford City in League One last season, Reach has featured prominently this term - and a host of Premier League clubs are looking to snap him up.
Hull have reportedly joined Burnley, Leicester City, Liverpool, Manchester City, Queens Park Rangers, Stoke City, West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United in chasing the England Under 20 international's signature, and 'Boro must be fearing a January bid for their latest young wing wizard.