Hull City are said to be in talks with striker Fraizer Campbell over a potential new deal for the experienced forward ahead of next year’s campaign.
But there is a chance that the two parties might not reach an agreement over his future, which would certainly come as a blow to the Tigers.
The 31-year-old netted 12 league goals for Nigel Adkins’ side this season, and has 18 goals to his name across the two seasons that he has been with the Championship club.
So it would certainly come as a surprise to see Hull not offer him a good enough deal for Campbell to agree to ahead of next season.
But they have to be prepared for the striker to reject a deal that is offered, especially given that it has taken this long to offer him a a new deal in the first place.
If a new contract for Campbell does fall through, then the Tigers should be weighing up a move for one of their former transfer targets.
According to HITC Sport, Hull were previously interested in signing Rotherham striker, Michael Smith in January’s transfer window in 2019.
But a move didn’t materialise, and Smith was unable to stop the Millers from being relegated back into League One this season.
Given that Smith isn’t going to be keen to play football in the third tier of English football, it certainly wouldn’t come as a surprise to see Hull register their interest in signing him again when the transfer window reopens.
Smith netted on eight occasions for Rotherham this season, and was a rare bright spark in a disappointing campaign where they were eventually relegated with a game to spare in the Championship.
Hull can’t afford to wait around to see whether progress will be made to tie Campbell down to a new deal, as Smith is going to be a player in demand ahead of next season as he has already proven that he can score goals at this level, which make him a good option to have.
An interesting summer awaits at Hull, and Rotherham fans could be waiting nervously to see if one of their key men stick around as they target a return to the Championship at the first time of asking.