Hull City have opened talks with Leeds United over the signing of winger Mallik Wilks, according to the Hull Daily Mail.
The 20-year-old has made one senior appearance for Leeds so far in his career, but scored 16 goals and provided twelve assists in 55 appearances while on loan at Doncaster Rovers last season, as Grant McCann’s side reached the League One play-off semi-finals.
McCann is keen to reunite with the forward at Hull, after taking charge at the KCOM Stadium last month and has made him one of his top transfer target for the summer.
Wilks still has two years remaining on his contract at Leeds and it was reported last month that Marcelo Bielsa is prepared to give the forward a chance to prove that he deserves an opportunity in the first team at Elland Road next season.
However, this latest report states that Leeds are prepared to allow him leave the club this summer and are open to the prospect of a permanent deal, if a fee can be agreed.
This could be a great signing for Hull. Wilks is an exciting young player and he was outstanding for Doncaster in League One last season.
McCann was able to get the best out of him at Doncaster and I see no reason why he can’t do it again with Hull in the Championship.
Leeds will be expected to challenge for automatic promotion next season, so Wilks probably ins’t going to get a chance in the first team at Elland Road.
Now could be the right time for him to leave the club and Hull could be a good move for him. McCann would probably be able to guarantee him game time and he could become an important player for the Tigers next season.
He’d also be a decent replacement for either Jarrod Bowen or Kamil Grosicki, as they continue to be linked with moves away from the club this summer.
Even if they can’t agree a fee for a permanent deal, perhaps a loan move would be a good option. He’d be playing for a manager who knows him well and would be able to test himself in the Championship.