Hull City given fresh hope as Marvin Zeegelaar reportedly rejects La Liga switch

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Seven months after a move to Norwich City fell through, Marvin Zeegelaar has been heavily linked with Hull City.

Gareth Bale (L) of Real Madrid CF competes for the ball with Marvin Zeegelaar (R) of Sporting CP during the UEFA Champions League group stage match between Real Madrid CF and Sporting...

Almost a year ago, Marvin Zeegelaar was marking Gareth Bale in a Champions League group-stage clash against Real Madrid. Now, with a day to go before the end of the transfer window, there is a realistic possibility that he will be plying his trade in the Championship rather than the Champions League this season.

Because A Bola reports that Sporting Lisbon left-back Zeegelaar has rejected the chance to move to La Liga high-flyers Alaves in favour of a move to England. And this should give Hull City, who have been linked with the Dutch left-back for a number of weeks, fresh hope.

Sporting's Dutch defender Marvin Zeegelaar (R) vies with Braga's Brazilian midfielder Alan Silva during the Portuguese league football match Sporting CP vs Sporting Braga at the Jose...

The Hull Daily Mail reported at the start of the month that The Tigers were interested in bringing the 27-yaer-old to Humberside with the Championship club already making contact with Sporting, who would demand a fee of around £2 million.

Despite recently completing the signing of Stephen Kingsley from Swansea City (below), 21-year-old Max Clark is the only other left-back on Hull’s books, meaning a move for Zeegelaar may be welcomed before tomorrow’s transfer deadline.

Stephen Kingsley of Swansea City during the Premier League match between Swansea City and Arsenal at Liberty Stadium on January 14, 2017 in Swansea, Wales.

A Bola adds that both Sporting and Zeegelaar hope to agree a move as soon as possible as he is not in the club’s plans for the upcoming campaign. This is despite the fact he was a regular last season under manager Jorge Jesus.

Though this is not the first time Zeegelaar has been heavily tipped to move to England this year. According to The Mirror, Norwich City had agreed a £3.5 million deal in January, only for the deal to fall through.

Interestingly, Lee Darnborough, who almost brought Zeegelaar to Norwich, has since departed Carrow Road to take up the head of recruitment role at Hull.

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