Hull City have rejected a bid from Fenerbahce for midfielder Markus Henriksen, a print edition of Turkish newspaper Posta has reported.
Earlier in the summer, it was claimed by the Hull Daily Mail that both Hull and Henriksen had agreed that it would be in the best interests of both parties for the midfielder to leave the club, with The Tigers apparently reducing their asking price for the Norwegian from £6million to £3million.
Now it appears as though Fenerbahce have looked to take advantage of that, although they have yet to make a breakthrough in negotiations, with the latest reports from Turkey claiming that the Super Lig side have seen a €3million bid rejected, as Hull are holding out for a fee of €5million.
Since joining the Tigers from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar in the summer of 2016, Henriksen has made 92 appearances and scored five goals in all competitions for the club.
It was recently reported by Sun journalist Phil Cadden that as well as Fenerbahce, Valencia, Sporting Lisbon and Bordeaux are all interested in signing the 27-year-old.
Henriksen is now entering the final season of his contract at the KCOM Stadium, which would allow him to leave the club for free next summer at the end of his deal.
This is an interesting one.
With Henriksen’s contract situation meaning Hull could lose him for nothing this time next year, it does seem that the club are under pressure to sell him sooner rather than later.
That being said, it is still impressive to see that Hull are holding their ground over what they feel to be a reasonable amount for the midfielder, although you wonder if that may change as we get closer and closer to the transfer deadline around the rest of Europe.
Even if they do, Henriksen himself would still have to agree on the move, it could be worth considering whether he may be tempted to hold out for a different destination, given some of those other sides thought to be interested in him.