We are now into the second week of July. Last seasons Premier League, Championship, League One, and League Two clubs have submitted their retained lists and clubs are free to sign those out-of-contract.
One club who will definitely be looking to add several additions to their squad are Hull City.
The Tigers have already seen as many as 10 players leave the club due to their contracts expiring. The likes of Allan McGregor, Michael Dawson, and David Meyler are just a few names who have opted to leave the KCOM this summer and sign for others clubs, rather than signing new deals with the East Yorkshire outfit.
With these 10 players leaving, there is defiantly room to bolster the club’s ranks.
I look at several released players who the Tigers could look to sign this summer.
1) Bakary Sako
The Mali international was released by Premier League club Crystal Palace on July 1st.
Sako is predominately a left-winger but can also play up-front or on the right-wing if needed.
He made a combined 50 appearances for the Eagles in all competitions during a three-year period, scoring eight goals.
The winger possesses a decent amount of pace and agility, but is also strong on the ball and can deliver a decent cross on his stronger left foot.
With manager Nigel Adkins more than likely sticking with the 4-4-1-1 formation, and it looking more-and-more likely that Kamil Grosicki will be leaving the club, Sako could slot in nicely on the left of midfield.
2) James Morrison
The Scottish international was released by recently relegated West Brom.
Morrison can play as an attacking midfielder, or as a centre-midfielder.
Sky Sports have reported the midfielder is still training with the midlands club, but several clubs are said to be interested in him.
Last season (2017/18) was Morrison’s 11th with the Baggies, he made a combined 317 appearances in all competitions, scoring 39 goals and assisting his teammates on 36 occasions.
Morrison possesses is a good passer of the ball, he also isn’t afraid to shoot from long distances, and can hit a decent volley if the chance comes.
At the age of 32, this could be a great time for him to step-down a division after playing consecutively in the top-flight. Hull could offer the Scotsman a rotational role as a attacking-midfielder, or could opt to play him alongside the likes of Kevin Stewart, Markus Henriksen, or Evandro in centre-midfield.
3) Lee Chung-Yong
Lee was recently released by Crystal Palace.
The versatile South Korean can play as a attacking-midfielder, right-winger, or as a left-winger.
He has spent the last three-and-a-half seasons with the Eagles, making a combined total of 50 appearances in all competitions, scoring two goals.
Lee’s versatility could be something Hull could use to their strengths, either converting him to more of a central-midfielder, a position that is up-in-the-air at the moment, or opting to play him on the left-wing.
4) Andreas Bjelland
Bjelland was released by Championship side Brentford after failing to agree terms on a new deal with the club.
The Dane is predominately a centre-back but can also play as a left-back.
He leaves Griffen Park after three seasons, and a combined 65 appearances in all competitions. During this time he scored one goal.
The centre-back position is one that Hull are desperate to strengthen, with only two senior centre-backs currently at the club.
Bjelland brings good experience of the league, great strength on the ball, and brilliant jumping ability.
These are just a few names the Tigers could look to add to their ranks by the end of the summer transfer window. Other honourable mentions are ex-tigers; Boaz Myhill, Liam Rosenior, Jack Hobbs, and Stephen Quinn.
Who do you think the East Yorkshire club should look to sign? Let us know in the comments below!