Hull City manager Phil Brown is looking to strengthen his high flying team by adding to his squad in the January transfer window. Brown brought in 11 new players in the summer for the Tigers debut assault on the Premier league, but the September manager of the month is targeting yet another ‘four or five’ new players to bring to the club in January.
It is thought that Brown is eager to add to his striking power which could lead to Dean Windass’ eventual departure from the club. Oldham Athletic boss John Sheridan has confessed he is interested in the 39-year-old but also admitted that several other clubs are monitoring the veteran striker, with Leeds and Doncaster thought to be two of the main protagonists.
Following Windass out of the KC Stadium in January could be John Welsh and Wayne Brown, who last week completed one month loan deals out of Hull after struggling to break into the first team this season.
Continuing injury concerns over Anthony Gardner could leave Brown searching for defensive cover come January.
Brown has remained quiet on his transfer targets, despite the national press linking numerous players to the club. “It all depends on how clever you are in the transfer market and how clever you can do your shopping.” He told the Hull Daily Mail, “We’ll get our ducks in line and hopefully come January 1st we’ll be able to hook them in.”
The tabloid press have linked Newcastle striker Alan Smith with a possible move to the Tigers. The former Leeds and Manchester United star has struggled for appearances under new interim manager Joe Kinnear and move away from Tyneside could on the cards for the cards.
Summer transfer target Fraizer Campbell could also be a possibility, but any sort of deal would involve co-operation from both Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester United after the strikers loan move from the latter to the struggling Spurs. However, if the England under 21 International does not feature Harry Redknapps plans, then a move away from White Hart Lane maybe possible.
Hull City’s transfer funds will be revealed closer to the window opening according to Brown; “How much I’ve got to spend in January and what is available in January will be answered around about Christmas, but we’ve got to plan for that” .
The Tigers currently sit 6th in Premier League table and a top ten placing come January could see more players be tempted to move to the KC Stadium.
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