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Could Leeds United finally get their man as Hull City announce retained list?

Hull City's Sone Aluko in action with Bury's Nathan Cameron

One freed Tiger would be perfect for Leeds.

Swansea manager Garry MonkMonk was unveiled by Leeds on Thursday

With their new manager in place, Leeds United can finally begin their preparations for next season.

Garry Monk's budget remains unclear, though however substantial, the 37-year-old is unlikely to ignore the free transfer market.

Earlier on Thursday, the pool of unemployed footballers swelled by two as Ryan Taylor and Sone Aluko were shown the door by Hull City following the Tigers' return to the Premier League.

Arsenal's Kieran Gibbs and Laurent Koscielny in action with Hull City's Sone AlukoAluko is leaving Hull after four years

So could Leeds take advantage? According to the BBC, the Whites made an approach for Aluko in January, but they, along with Nottingham Forest, Brighton & Hove Albion and Fulham, were shown a cold shoulder by Steve Bruce's team.

They may have changed managers since, but Monk would be daft not to consider the 27-year-old's credentials.

Though only a bit-part player throughout the past three campaigns, Aluko - a Nigeria international - could bring plenty to Monk's Leeds side.

Sone Aluko scores the first goal for Hull CityAluko on target against Nottingham Forest

He's quick, skillful and potentially explosive - perfect, you might say, to occupy that second striker's role behind Chris Wood.

If Aluko can rediscover the goalscoring form he showed during a solitary season at Rangers - 12 goals in 23 appearances - the Whites would have a bargain on their hands.

However, pursuing a player like Aluko, who has experience of top-flight football in two countries, won't come without competition.

And a certain Steve Evans may be keen to exact revenge on Massimo Cellino, if he is appointed elsewhere.

Leeds' manager Steve EvansEvans reportedly wanted Aluko at Elland Road

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