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Hull City launch bid for 29-year-old

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Championship side Hull City have submitted a €3m to Turkish Super Lig side Fatih Karagumruk for the services of forward Aleksandar Pesic, according to Sky Sports News (20/1; 5:48pm).

Manager Grant McCann looks set to receive a much bigger transfer budget than previously planned after the confirmation of Acun Ilicali’s takeover, with the Tigers previously operating under a transfer embargo due to the previous owners’ decision to take out a loan from the EFL and Premier League in their quest to cope with the costs of the pandemic.

But with new shareholders in place, this embargo may be lifted and that will allow Ilicali to make an early statement of intent by opening his cheque book straight away.

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Focusing solely on the domestic market during the summer window, a switch in transfer strategy may be about to occur with numerous players from Europe being linked with a move to the MKM Stadium in recent weeks.

Santa Clara’s Hidemasa Morita is one man that has been rumoured with a move to the club via multiple outlets – but it’s Pesic they seem to be most keen on at this stage with Sky Sports reporting that an official offer has been launched for his services.

The latter has recorded 12 goals in 21 Turkish top-tier appearances this term – and may come in as a replacement for Josh Magennis who left for Wigan Athletic earlier this month.

However, it’s currently unclear as to whether this bid has been successful or not, with Karagumruk likely to want to keep hold of one of their key assets.

The Verdict:

This is certainly a real statement from Ilicali early on and it’s a position they need to address with Magennis gone, so this could end up being a shrewd addition for the Tigers in their quest to fire themselves away from any potential relegation danger.

The likes of George Honeyman and Keane Lewis-Potter will always contribute going forward, but having a main goalscorer like Mallik Wilks can only pay dividends and judging by this season’s record, that’s exactly what Pesic will be.

He may not be a striker they are able to sell on for millions in three or four years time – but he’s at the age where he’s at the peak of his powers now – so that can only be a benefit to McCann’s men in their quest to re-establish themselves as a solid second-tier outfit.

However, Ilicali shouldn’t be doing anything too drastic in this window in terms of recruitment because that could prove to be a real distraction from matters on the field, so addressing the areas that need sorting in the short term has to be the priority at this stage.

As Nottingham Forest showed in the summer, it can be difficult for players to settle in when many are brought in so late, so that should serve as a warning to the Turkish businessman despite his obvious passion and enthusiasm.


A 21-year-old Reading FC fan and writer who graduated from the University for the Creative Arts in the summer with a degree in Journalism and Media Production. Other topics written about include politics, mental health and education.

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