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Hull closing in on midfielder signing

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Wigan Athletic midfielder Leonardo Da Silva Lopes has completed a medical at Hull City ahead of a proposed move to the KCOM Stadium, Hull Live have reported.

Lopes only joined Wigan from Peterborough – where he worked with the now Hull manager Grant McCann – last summer, but struggled to make an impact at the DW Stadium.

The 20-year-old made just three appearances in total for the Latics, and spent the second half of last season on loan in League One with Gillingham.

Now it looks as though Lopes’ brief time in the north-west of England is set to come to an end, with the midfielder having completed a medical at Hull after the Tigers saw a bid for the Lisbon born player accepted.

If confirmed, Lopes will become Hull’s sixth signing of the summer transfer window, with goalkeeper Matt Ingram, defender Ryan Tafazolli, midfielder George Honeyman and striker Tom Eaves all signing permanent deals with the club, while winger Josh Bowler has joined on loan from Everton.

Defender Sean McLaughlin has also joined the club from Cork City in Ireland, but has since been sent out on loan to Scottish side St Mirren until January.

The Verdict

This is an interesting one.

Lopes has very little experience in the Championship, so in that sense, this feels like something of a risky move to make.

However, with McCann already familiar with the midfielder from his time at Peterborough, he must believe that Lopes is someone who is capable of competing at this level.

With that previous link-up between the pair in mind, this looks as though it could be a good deal for all parties, with McCann’s knowledge of the player putting him in a strong position to get the best out of Lopes at the Kcom Stadium.

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