If DH in Belgium are to be believed on Tuesday, Hull City made a bid for Anderlecht’s Franck Acheampong in January, which was turned down.
While Franck Acheampong has been a key player for the Belgian side when it mattered the most in Europe (two goals against Zenit and one against APOEL Nicosia), a transfer away from the club next season is now almost a certainty.
One of the reasons behind that, according to DH, is the player’s ability to infuriate their manager, René Weiler, nearly at will.
Despite the fact Acheampong is a hard worker, his refusal to follow defensive instructions is a constant struggle for his manager, one which has seen the player start on the bench 13 times under Weiler this season.
That doesn’t mean the winger isn’t valued for his input, it’s just it makes things a little more complicated for the manager.
In fact, DH report that Anderlecht could have sold Acheampong in January, as Hull City put €7.5m on the table to secure the Ghanaian winger’s services, but a chat between the club’s director of football and manager saw them eventually reject the bid.
Also tracking the likes of Nicolas Pépé on transfer deadline day, that Marco Silva asked his club to make a move for Acheampong at a similar price shouldn’t come as a surprise.
Eventually bolstering their squad with Kamil Grosicki, Hull could go back for Acheampong in the summer, and will probably be able to get him for cheaper.
DH reported a few days ago that both the winger and Kara Mbodj held talks with Anderlecht, where they were told they would be allowed to leave once the playoffs came to an end.
Of course, for Hull to still be an attractive destination, playing in the Premier League next season will be a must.