Report indicates Hull City's transfer plans; suggests fate of Derby's Chris Martin

Chris Martin of Derby County during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Hull City at iPro Stadium on September 8, 2017 in Derby, England.

Hull City signed Chris Martin on loan from Derby County.

Chris Martin of Derby and Michael Dawson of Hull in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Derby County and Hull City at iPro Stadium on September 8, 2017 in Derby, England.

According to a report in the Hull Daily Mail, Hull City will look to sign as many as 12 players this summer although their targets are expected to be loan deals and free-agent signings.

Derby County forward Chris Martin is on loan at Hull, but the chances of them attempting to sign him permanently are suggested as slim due to his contract situation and the Tigers’ tight finances.

Hull head into the summer expected to be one of the busiest clubs in the Championship. Ten players in the first-team squad are not under contract next season while their better players could have offers elsewhere.

 

The likes of Kamil Grosicki, Markus Henriksen and Jarrod Bowen are deemed real assets by the club, with the latter in particular likely to attract the attentions of Premier League clubs.

Manager Nigel Adkins has worked a minor miracle at Hull to even have them in play-off contention this season. However, the hardest work is surely now to come with finances so tight following the end of their parachute payments.

Derby’s experienced forward Chris Martin signed on at the KCOM Stadium on a season-long loan deal. He has featured in 30 Championship games for Hull, netting just two goals.

Ryan Shotton of Middlesbrough is tackled by Chris Martin of Hull City during the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Middlesbrough at KCOM Stadium on September 29, 2018 in...

The 30-year-old has talent, but his future will be uncertain this summer as he still has one year left on his Derby contract having signed an extension back in January 2017.

The Rams surely won’t want to loan him out again and lose him for free in the summer of 2020. Their best hope is to sell this summer, but Hull’s reported situation means they aren’t going to be a potential buyer.

Frank Lampard’s Derby are also another club expected to make plenty of changes this coming summer as they too have several squad members coming to the end of their contracts.

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.

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