Hull City boss Grant McCann talks up potential free agent arrival after sanctioning Nouha Dicko departure

Hull City manager Grant McCann during the Sky Bet Championship match between Swansea City and Hull City at the Liberty Stadium on August 03, 2019 in Swansea, Wales.

Hull City are seemingly short on striker options.

Hull City's Nouha Dicko lines up a shot on goal while Nottingham Forest's Michael Mancienne and Joe Worrall challenge for the ball during the Emirates FA Cup Fourth Round match between...

Hull City boss Grant McCann says he has been looking at the free agent market to bolster his striker options after recently deciding to sanction a loan move for Nouha Dicko, the Hull Daily Mail report.

“We’ve looked at two or three free agents and we’re still looking. Hopefully we can sit down, myself and my staff, and think which way is best for us to go, whether we do something now or we wait until January,” Grant explained.

“It was important that Nouha plays some games. He wasn’t happy to wait and get the chance. I’m fine with that. I would never stand in someone’s way if that’s how they want it to be.”


Nouha Dicko wasn’t the only striker to depart Hull this past summer. Will Keane and Fraizer Campbell also left the club, with the former joining Ipswich Town and the latter moving to Huddersfield Town.

Hull have excellent wide players in Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki, but they lack strength in depth in the centre-forward role with just Tom Eaves and Josh Magennis competing for a start.

One possible name which could be of interest to Hull is former Sheffield Wednesday man Gary Hooper, but the club’s financial position may make it difficult to able to afford his potential wages.

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Hull were always likely to be up against it this season following Nigel Adkins’ exit in the summer, and their current position of 20th comes as little surprise despite the quality of Bowen and Grosicki.

The Tigers will see preserving their Championship status as a successful season, but McCann may be taking a risk holding out until January to add extra firepower to his squad.

A general view of KCOM Stadium, home of Hull City prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Hull City and Middlesbrough at KCOM Stadium on September 29, 2018 in Hull, England.

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