Hull City look set to be one of the busiest Championship sides in this summer’s transfer window as the Tigers look to improve on last season’s 19th-place finish.
With Shota Arveladze at the helm and the ambitious Tigers owner Acun Ilicali likely to want to make a lasting impression in his first transfer window at the MKM Stadium – it could be an exciting window for Hull fans.
Hull host Bristol City in their opening fixture of the 2022-23 Championship campaign which comes on Saturday 30 July.
Hull’s Premier League absence will extend to a sixth year, following the conclusion of the upcoming campaign, and while there will be other former top-flight clubs who will be considered favourites to secure promotion back up to the big time – a promotion push, via the play-offs cannot be ruled out if Hull get their recruitment spot on.
With that in mind, HITC Sport takes a look at Hull City’s potential XI on the opening day of the 2022-23 Championship season.
Hull City’s potential XI on opening day of 2022-23 Championship season
After spending last season on loan at the club and making 18 appearances, Hull are interested in signing 23-year-old Chelsea goalkeeper Nathan Baxter, according to Hull Live.
Baxter, who has a year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge and is yet to make his debut for the Blues, would once again provide competition for Matt Ingram who finished last season on loan at rivals Luton Town.
Lewie Coyle, who made 22 appearances last season looks set to be the Tigers’ first-choice right-back, could be joined at full-back by former Tigers star Robbie Brady.
The versatile Republic of Ireland international is a free agent following his release from promoted Bournemouth and the 30-year-old has been linked with a move back to Hull City.
Brady played over 100 times for the Tigers during his four-year spell at the MKM, eventually departing Hull to join Norwich City at the end of the 2014/15 season.
TEAMtalk report that Hull are one of several Championship sides interested in signing the experienced left footer.
Brady, who can play full-back, wing-back or on the flanks, would bring quality, experience and versatility to Arveladze’s side.
The 28-year-old was an unused substitute in the Reds’ play-off final win against Huddersfield Town at Wembley, but he did make 26 appearances for Steve Cooper’s side last season.
The former Sporting Lisbon man will be a quality addition and he could strike up a dominant partnership with talented 21-year-old Jacob Greaves at the heart of the Tigers’ defence.
It certainly looks like Ilicali is keen to utilise his Turkish links and Hull’s recruitment is already reaping the rewards of the extensive connections their owner has back in his homeland.
Hull Live report that Ilicali is ‘growing increasingly confident’ of signing former Fulham midfielder Jean Michael Seri.
The Ivory Coast international, who has previously spent time on loan at Galatasaray, has been released by the Craven Cottage side despite amassing 33 appearances for Marco Silva’s promoted Cottagers last season.
The 30-year-old Seri, who cost Fulham £27m, could join Turkey international Ozan Tufan, who has moved to East Yorkshire from Super Lig giants Fenerbahce in a two-man midfield pivot.
Tufan, 27, has reportedly cost Hull £4m and the man who has been capped over 60 times for his country will bring quality and guile to the Tigers’ midfield.
He made nine appearances while on loan at Watford last season before returning to Fenerbahce.
Hull City expect to announce Malian international midfielder Adama Traore as their latest signing next week, report Hull Live.
The 26-year-old, who will arrive on a free transfer, has already met with Ilicali and Averladze when looking around his new home ground.
The former Monaco man opted against extending his stay at Turkish club Hatayspor where he made 17 appearances in the Turkish Super Lig last term, and has instead signed a two-year deal with the Tigers.
Allahyar Sayyadmanesh, who impressed during a loan spell last season, has been signed from Fenerbahce on a permanent deal and the Iran international, who predominantly plays as a striker, could play on the right-hand side.
Although Keane Lewis-Potter is being courted by the likes of Everton and Leeds United, Tigers fans will be hoping that they can keep hold of their young starlet.
The 21-year-old Hull-born talent has scored 25 Championship goals across the last two seasons and while he is the subject of Premier League interest, the left-winger could start the season with Hull if the club’s asking price for their academy prodigy isn’t met.
With yet another link to Turkish clubs, American striker Haji Wright has been linked with a summer move to Hull City.
The 24-year-old is contracted to Danish club SønderjyskE, but spent last season on loan with Turkish Super Lig side Antalyaspor and ended the season in scintillating goalscoring form.
The Los Angeles born striker scored nine goals from the last ten games of the domestic season, finishing the season with 14 goals in 31 Super Lig games.
His form resulted in him being called up to the USA national side and he scored on his debut against Morocco and will be targeting a place in Gregg Berhalter’s World Cup squad.
Hull fans will be feeling optimistic heading into a new campaign which has the potential to become a memorable one under the tenure of Ilicali and Averladze.