London - Hull City are trying to win the race to sign Genk's highly-rated Jamaican winger Leon Bailey.
A number of Premier League clubs including Chelsea, Manchester United
and Liverpool are reported to be interested in the 19-year-old Jamaica
under 23 international.
While Tigers boss Marco Silva admits it will be difficult to sign the
young star, he is insistent that the club need to continue to
strengthen their ranks this January.
Silva has already snapped up Markus Henriksen from AZ Alkmaar, Oumar
Niasse on loan from Everton, Evandro from Porto, Omar Elabdellaoui on
loan from Olympiakos and Lazar Markovic, also on loan, from Liverpool.
Top-scorer Robert Snodgrass is also expected to leave Hull, with Sky
reporting that West Ham, Burnley and Middlesbrough are all keen on his
services, and £10m bids from both the Hammers and the Clarets have been
Bailey, who has been lighting up the Jupiler League this season, has scored eight goals in 35 appearances.
When quizzed about his pursuit of the winger, Silva said: "We will
try. He's not an easy player to come. It is not an easy deal but we will
try. Until now we don't have news.
"We need to do what is our best for this window but we need for this
position and for the other positions to do something in the last week of
While a number of news sources have quoted a figure of £10.3million
that Hull are eager to spend on Bailey, his valuation is reportedly
closer to £20 million.
Silva will be looking for his team to overturn a 2-0 deficit in the second-leg of a League Cup semi-final when they face Manchester United Thursday night at the KC Stadium.
Kick off is at 21:45.