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Hull City man poised to seal permanent exit as League One side close in on deal

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Hull City forward Josh Magennis is set to seal a permanent move to League One side Wigan Athletic, according to a report from The Athletic (11/01, 17:52).

It is understood that the Northern Ireland international will sign a two-year deal at the DW Stadium after being allowed to leave the Tigers.

Magennis said his goodbyes to his Hull team-mates yesterday ahead of his switch to Wigan.

A separate report from Wigan Today has revealed that the Latics have agreed to pay a fee for the forward.

Wigan have been eager to bolster their attacking options after striker Charlie Wyke suffered a cardiac arrest during training in November.

Certainly no stranger to life in the third-tier of English football, Magennis featured on 40 occasions in this division for Hull during the previous campaign.

The forward helped the Tigers secure promotion to the Championship by scoring an impressive total of 18 goals in League One whilst he also chipped in with five assists.

Magennis has been unable to replicate these performances in a higher division for Hull as he has only managed to find the back of the net on two occasions in 19 appearances.

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With the 31-year-old set to move on to pastures new, it will be intriguing to see whether Tigers boss Grant McCann is able to draft in a forward between now and the end of the transfer window.

The Verdict

Although Magennis has struggled with his consistency this season, his imminent departure is still somewhat of a shock due to the fact that he has started in 11 of the club’s last 12 league games.

However, when you consider that the forward’s contract at Hull was set to expire in the summer, the club have done well to secure a fee for him in this particular transfer window.

Having averaged a relatively underwhelming WhoScored match rating of 6.42 in the Championship, it will be intriguing to see whether Magennis will benefit from dropping down a division to play for Wigan.

As for Hull, it wouldn’t be at all surprising if they already have a replacement lined up for the forward who will be able to provide competition for the likes of Tom Eaves and Tyler Smith.


Freelance writer for Football League World. Previously worked for 90min & GiveMeSport.

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