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Hull City looking to secure deal for experienced defender



Sky Bet Championship side Hull City are interested in signing former Premier League defender Liam Ridgewell, according to Bleacher Report journalist Dean Jones.

The 34-year-old has been without a club since his departure from MLS side Portland Timbers over a fortnight ago, after making 97 appearances for the American side during a five-year stay.

The experienced defender, who was named in the MLS All-Star team twice during his stint in the USA, was described by club owner Merritt Paulson as “one of the most important and influential signings in Timbers history”, before mutually parting ways with the club at the start of January.

But it hasn’t taken long for Ridgewell to alert interest from elsewhere, with reports now emerging that Nigel Adkins’ Hull are interested in signing the former Premier League man on a short-term basis.

Ridgewell is no stranger to England, having made over 170 appearances for Birmingham City between 2007 and 2012, as well as featuring over 75 times for West Bromwich Albion before enduring loan spells at Wigan Athletic and Brighton.

The Tigers are looking to find a replacement for Tommy Elphick, who was recalled by Aston Villa from his loan spell at the KCOM Stadium at the end of December, after playing an integral role in Hull’s turnaround in the Sky Bet Championship.

Adkins’ men currently sit 12th in the league table, after winning six of their last eight league games.

The Verdict

I think Ridgewell would be a fantastic signing for Hull.

He may be getting on a bit now, but he’s a hugely experienced defender who could bring some real leadership to the club.

It’ll be interesting to see how this pans out.

Nottingham-based journalist who regularly covers Nottingham Forest home and away.

ScoopDragon Football News Network

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