Three players Nigel Adkins could target at Hull City, having worked with them before

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins looks on during the pre season friendly match between Sheffield United and Newcastle United at Bramall Lane on July 26, 2015 in Sheffield, England.

Adkins arrives at Hull City following spells at Sheffield United and Reading.

Sheffield United manager Nigel Adkins looks on during the pre season friendly match between Sheffield United and Newcastle United at Bramall Lane on July 26, 2015 in Sheffield, England.

The former Sheffield United and Reading manager Nigel Adkins is back in football with Hull City.

Adkins has signed an 18-month deal to succeed Leonid Slutsky at the KCOM Stadium, and with January right around the corner, new signing could be high on the 52-year-old's agenda.

Some bosses often turn to players with whom they've worked before in such situations, so could Adkins do the same?

Here are three he could target this winter...

Alex Pearce (Derby County)

Hull are leaking goals - more than all but two Championship clubs - and defensive reinforcements wouldn't go amiss. Pearce was a regular under Adkins at Reading but has only appeared once in the league for Derby this season, so don't be surprised if an approach arrives from Hull.

Garath McCleary (Reading)

Hull are currently short of wide options, something which is not really an issue for McCleary's club Reading. The 30-year-old is another who featured often while Adkins was in Berkshire, and scored or created 19 goals en route to the play-offs last season. However, he has found himself restricted to five starts this season, following the arrivals of Sone Aluko and Mo Barrow, and could be open to a move, if Hull and Reading are too.

Che Adams (Birmingham City)

Hull have Abel Hernandez and Adama Diomede out of contract next summer, so a move for a new striker could be on the cards in 2018. Adams scored 12 goals for Adkins' Sheffield United the season before last, but has been in and out at Birmingham this campaign. Interest would not be surprising, although a sizeable fee is perhaps to be expected, which could prove problematic.

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