Following relegation to the Championship after narrowly missing out on Premier League safety, Hull City are looking to build a squad capable of an instant return to the top flight.
The impressive appointment of former CSKA Moscow manager Leonid Slutsky marked a serious statement of intent, and the Russian will look to put his own stamp on the squad at the KCOM Stadium over the coming months.
Slutsky has a close relationship with Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, and may look to utilise this friendship to bring some new faces into his side.
With the departure of Curtis Davies to Championship rivals Derby County, Slutsky will have a huge void to fill in the centre of the Tigers defence, as Davies has been a stalwart on the Humber in recent years.
92 interceptions and 173 clearances last season ensured Davies to be Hull’s strongest defensive performer, and Slutsky must replace Davies’ defensive prowess immediately.
Utilising his Chelsea link, Slutsky should move for 24-year-old former Reading man, Michael Hector.
The Jamaican international spent last season on loan in Germany with Eintracht Frankfurt, helping the German outfit to a mid table finish.
Hector’s chances are set to be limited at Stamford Bridge again next season, so a move to Hull is perfect for both parties.
Whether a permanent deal or a season long loan switch, Hector is in desperate need of continuing his run of first team football, and cannot allow himself to stagnate on the bench at Chelsea.
A solid defender with Championship ilk and experience of playing in one of Europe’s top five leagues, Slutsky should look to tie up a quick deal for the defender.