Hull City have identified Doncaster Rovers’ Ben Whiteman and Wigan Athletic’s Leonardo Da Silva Lopes as potential options to strengthen their midfield, The Hull Daily Mail have reported.
The Tigers are reportedly resigned to losing Markus Henriksen before the end of the transfer window, and are keen to bring in replacements in order to bolster their midfield.
As a result, The Tigers have now identified two potential alternatives in the form of Whiteman and Lopes.
Whiteman has made 97 appearances and scored 12 goals in all competitions for Doncaster – where he played under McCann last season – since joining from Sheffield United in the summer of 2017.
Lopes – who also worked with McCann when the pair were at Peterborough – joined Wigan from the Posh last summer, but struggled to make an impact during his time at the DW Stadium last season, and spent the second half of the campaign on loan in League One with Gillingham.
There are two years remaining on Whiteman’s current contract at Doncaster, while Lopes has three years to run on his current deal with Wigan, which should put the two clubs in strong positions to negotiate any offers that come in for their players.
It is thought that Hull will only look to bring one of the two players in, should Honeyman’s move from the Stadium of Light be confirmed.
I think this could be a smart move from Hull.
It does look as though they will need to strengthen in the midfield this summer, and the fact that they are keeping their options open seems to be a sensible move, meaning they have others to turn to if one transfer falls through.
Both players have shown that they have the potential to compete at this level, and may be tempted to make the move to the KCOM Stadium in order to demonstrate that on a more regular basis.
That connection with McCann could also help Hull here, both in terms of the players being willing to reunite with a former manager at Hull, with the Tigers boss’ prior knowledge of the players then enabling him to get the best out of them as soon as possible.