Hull, rock bottom of the Premier League with 13 points from a potential 60 after 20 games, are going to need to strongly bolster their squad this winter if they want to stand a chance of maintaining their top flight status.

Recently changing managers, the club have already announced the arrival of Evandro Goebel and Oumar Niasse, and they aren’t planning on stopping there.

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Gazzetta dello Sport on Friday report Marco Silva is also looking to bring in a new defender, with Inter Milan’s Andrea Ranocchia the target.

The Italian newspaper claim Hull City made a loan offer for the 28-year-old centre-back, which seems to have been accepted considering the player is said to have politely declined the offer to join The Tigers.

Ranocchia, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Sampdoria, has only made nine appearances this season for the club he used to captain, with manager Stefano Pioli preferring to trust Miranda and Jason Murillo at the back.

West Ham are also said to have some interest, but with it described as ‘tepid’ by Gazzetta, we won’t read too much into it.

It feels that every window Ranocchia turns down a move to England, or is at least reported to.