Promoted to the Premier League thanks under Steve Bruce last season, Hull City’s preparation for the new campaign hasn’t quite gone to plan.
Four weeks before the competition’s first game, the former Manchester United defender left the club by mutual consent after being on the shortlist to be England’s new manager; a spot since taken by Sam Allardyce.
The newly promoted side have since approached Wales’ Chris Coleman to take the vacant position, but that didn’t quite work out as planned as the Welsh FA quickly turned them away.
Nevertheless, the lack of manager hasn’t stopped the rumours of new signings doing the rounds, and an interesting target has popped up in Italy in the shape of Maxi Lopez.
Yes, that’s the same Maxi Lopez that once played for Barcelona before setting off on a grand journey to Russia, Brazil and five different clubs in Italy.
According to Tuttosport, Torino, the player’s current club, and Hull City are set to meet on Saturday in Austria to discuss a potential deal for the 32-year-old.
Currently second choice in Italy, the Argentinean striker could apparently be open to the move if Hull make him some first choice promises.
Going the other way could be Abel Hernandez, who would probably rejoice at the opportunity to return to Italy where he originally made a name for himself.
Tuttosport reckon a bid of €5-6m + Maxi Lopez might be enough to get things done.
This all seems a bit strange considering the club still don’t have a manager, but with Gianfranco Zola touted as a potential appointment, this would all suddenly make a lot more sense.