Blackburn Rovers manager Gary Bowyer has confirmed to the BBC that his club are at risk of losing striker Rudy Gestede.
The 26-year-old Benin international, who joined the club in this transfer window last year, has scored 24 goals in 45 Blackburn appearances and is now considered hot property.
It’s thought Steve Bruce’s struggling Premier League side Hull City could be interested, having just lost first-choice strike pairing Abel Hernandez and Nikica Jelavic to long-term injuries.
Crystal Palace’s Alan Pardew is also thought to be in the running to bring the France-born forward to the Premier League, but could cool his interest after signing Arsenal striker Yaya Sanogo on loan earlier this week.
“I think Hull City have shown interest. There isn’t any official bid as I’m led to believe at this moment in time,” Boywer told BBC Radio Lancashire, quoted by BBC Sport.
“But I’m also led to believe that there are other clubs that are interested.”
“I’m not being disrespectful to Rudy, but this time last year he announced his arrival with a header at Leeds. He’s now on everybody’s lips and rightly so.
“He’s a fantastic lad and a fantastic player – I don’t think there is anybody in the country that heads quite like him at goal.
“If it was down to me, nobody would leave. But it’s not my money, it’s not my football club so obviously anything that comes in we have to take it to the owners.”
Sky Sports have reported that a fee as high as £4.5m has been bandied between the two clubs, although nothing yet has been agreed.
Gestede struggled to make the cut in England before his move to Blackburn, with a disappointing spell at Cardiff City culminating in him making the switch last January.
Blackburn drew 1-1 against Wigan Athletic on Saturday.