HITC Sport understands Hull are lining up a move for Rotherham striker Michael Smith.

Hull City have launched a move for striker Michael Smith from Championship rivals Rotherham United, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Hull have made a new forward one of their top priorities during this month’s transfer window and Smith has emerged as a top target.

Tigers boss Nigel Adkins is keen to bring in a big target man to lead the line and Smith has impressed him this season at Rotherham.

The 6ft,3in forward has scored five goals so far for struggling Rotherham, but it has been his all-round game that has won him many admirers, including Hull.

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Hull are keen to bolster their attacking options as they look to maintain their surprise push for promotion after flying up the Championship table in recent weeks, just six points off the play-off spots.

Smith joined Rotherham from Bury last January and helped the club win promotion from League One via the play-offs and he is a key man in Paul Warne’s side.

Rotherham will be reluctant to lose Smith as they battle to avoid relegation from the Championship, but Hull are hoping a sizeable offer could lure him away the New York Stadium.

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