Hull eye Peterborough defender Tafazolli

Ryan Tafazolli of Peterborough United in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Northampton Town and Peterborough United at Sixfields on August 26, 2017 in Northampton, England.

HITC Sport understands Hull City eye move for League One defender.

Ryan Tafazolli of Peterborough United in action during the Checkatrade Trophy match between Peterborough United and Northampton Town at The Abax Stadium on October 3, 2017 in Peterborough,...

Hull City are weighing up a move for Peterborough United defender Ryan Tafazolli, HITC Sport understands.

Tafazolli has impressed at Peterborough for the last 18 months after joining the club from Mansfield Town, and the powerful centre-back has established himself as one of the best young defenders outside the top two divisions.

The 26-year-old has made 36 appearances in all competitions for Posh so far this season and chipped in with an impressive three goals and four assists from defence.

A number of clubs higher up the football pyramid have been keeping tabs on Tafazolli's progress for some time now and Hull are big admirers of the defender.

Hull's head coach Nigel Adkins looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Brentford at KCOM Stadium on December 9, 2017 in Hull, England.

Hull boss Nigel Adkins is in the market for a new central defender before the close of this month's transfer window, and he is well aware of Tafazolli having worked with him during his time in charge of Southampton.

Adkins has made defensive reinforcements one of his top priorities, with Hull currently fourth from bottom of the Championship and boasting one of the worst defensive records in the league, and he sees Tafazolli as someone who could help shore up their leaky rearguard.

Peterborough would not welcome any moves for Tafazolli this month, but they are bracing themselves for interest in the centre-back before the close of the transfer window.

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