Considering how many players Hull City tried to sign on transfer deadline day, it isn’t surprising to see a few names still emerging in the foreign press.

Having signed Andrea Ranocchia from Inter Milan on loan, Marco Silva seemed to focus mostly on his frontline, with Hull’s lack of goals clearly a chief worry for the Portuguese manager.


The signings of Lazar Markovic, Oumar Niasse, Evandro and Kamil Grosicki only emphasised this point, yet it appears the Tigers missed out on one big signing, if Gazzetta dello Sport are to be believed.

The Italian newspaper report on Thursday that AC Milan’s Keisuke Honda was approached by Marco Screen Shot 2017-02-02 at 12.28.18Silva’s side in January, only to reject their advances, preferring to stay in Milan despite barely featuring under Vincenzo Montella.

Capped 86 times by Japan throughout his career, the attacking midfielder, once highly regarded, has only made six appearances for the Serie A side this season, totalling a rather pathetic 95 minutes in all competitions.

With a contract running out in June of this year, one can only assume Honda will be a free agent in the summer, and it’ll be interesting to see who takes a gamble on the 30-year-old.