Hull City were reportedly keen on new Barnsley signing Mallik Wilks.

Hull City boss Grant McCann says the club are working on new deals after missing out on Mallik Wilks, who traded Leeds United for Championship newcomers Barnsley, the Hull Daily Mail reports.

“There will be people coming in, we have been working very hard on that,” he said.

“Hopefully over the next week or so, we will see new recruits coming in to give the squad a bit of help. There are targets position wise, we are short in a few areas, so we have identified that and now we can act on that.”

The Hull Daily Mail claims the Tigers were confident of securing a deal for Wilks. The forward was expected to join the squad on their current trip to Marbella, but they were beaten to his signature by Barnsley.

The Tykes managed to secure Wilks last week on a four-year deal, prompting Hull to look elsewhere as McCann’s side are in need of strengthening.

Financial difficulties have caused one or two senior players from last season to depart. Goalkeeper David Marshall has joined Wigan Athletic, while Evandro and Fraizer Campbell missed out on new deals.

Hull have managed to bring in goalkeeper Matt Ingram while Ryan Tafazolli is training with City this week, but the squad is still desperately thin and more departures could still happen before the start of the season.

According to a report in the Sun, key player Jarrod Bowen is attracting interest from Arsenal. Kamil Grosicki, meanwhile, is another player who clubs may seek to sign in the coming weeks.

Wilks would have given Hull further options in the final third. The 23-year.old is versatile, capable of playing out wide or through the middle.

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