Stephen Hunt of Hull City has duly announced his availability in the transfer market this summer.
Stephen Hunt – available in summer
It turns out that Roy Keane tried to bring Stephen Hunt in when Roy was managing Sunderland a couple of years ago, when Hunt was still at Reading, and we know that Wolverhampton Wanderers had a £5M bid rejected by Hull in the January window for the player.
But Hull’s financial house is in very poor shape, and they’ll have to sell some of their players during the summer, to bring in much needed cash and also to reduce their wage bill for life in the Championship.
Sounds familiar doesn’t it?
The Yorkshire club are said to be around £35M in debt, and it’s revealed today that Hunt had an agreement with chairman Adam Pearson that he would be sold if Hull failed to hold onto Premier league status.
How’s that for loyalty – let’s agree I’ll jump ship if the team gets relegated – but I’ll still try very hard and I’m really committed to Hull City.
Yeah – right!
This is what Stephen said today:
“If we’d stayed up I’d have been happy to stay but we’re not in the Premier League now and they may need to sell me”,
“If I do move on, it will be with a clear conscience. In January we had an agreement that they would sell me due to the financial situation that would arise from relegation.”
“The chairman has been very good to me. He said once I gave my all for Hull he’d have no problem in honouring that agreement for me to go. I have done that, I have done well for Hull.”
“The club say they will be willing to sell me at a reduction of the price they’d have got for me in January. I have no idea what that reduction will be and if a club will come up with the money. All I can do is concentrate on getting fit and see what happens.”
We’re not too sure about this lad, and maybe he’s now too old, as we thought he was good maybe three to four years ago.
And he’ll turn 29 in August so he’s hardly a young player and certainly isn’t under 26, which is a guideline we’ve heard coming from the club as to the type of player they want to bring in this summer.
He’s also still troubled by his foot injury so any club buying Stepehen would have to ensure he’s fully recovered from the injury that kept him out of the Hull side for the last couple of months of the season.
We’d have to say we’d pass on Stephen.
What would you do?