Hull City have rejected a bid of £1.75m from MLS side New York Red Bulls for Leonardo da Silva Lopes according to the Hull Daily Mail.
The report claims that the Tigers knocked back this approach from the American side in relatively swift fashion, and they aren’t prepared to discuss any potential deal for the youngster.
Lopes signed for Hull City back in the summer of 2019 from Wigan Athletic and it appears as though he’s making a good impression at the KCOM Stadium under Grant McCann’s management.
The 21-year-old has made 28 appearances in all competitions so far for Hull this season, and he’s certainly played his part in their strong start to this year’s campaign.
The Tigers are currently sat 13th in the Championship table, and will be hoping they can keep the pressure on their play-off chasing rivals as the season progresses.
But the Hull supporters could be set for a nervy conclusion to Deadline Day, with both Jarrod Bowen and Kamil Grosicki also being linked with late departures from the club.
Bowen is attracting interest from both Crystal Palace and West Ham United, whilst Grosicki is edging closer to a move to promotion-chasing West Brom.
So, Grant McCann is highly unlikely to want to part ways with Lopes anytime soon, although it remains to be seen as to whether New York Red Bulls will submit another offer for the midfielder before the January transfer window slams shut.
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I think they’ve made the right move in rejecting this approach for Lopes.
He’s certainly shown improvement as this year’s campaign has progressed, and if Hull are set to lose both Grosicki and Bowen, then Grant McCann will have to rely on a player like Lopes to spearhead their charge for the play-offs.
The Tigers could be in real trouble if they let all three of their key players depart on Deadline Day, and you have to imagine that their play-off bid would be all but over .
It would show a real lack of intent by the club’s owners if they were to sell Lopes and not have a replacement lined up in the near future.