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EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Chelsea defender Todd Kane is to leave the club on a free transfer this summer after the club failed to take up an option on his contract, Football Insider understands.

Kane, who has spent this season on loan at Championship outfit Hull, is out of contract at Chelsea next month.

A Blues source has told Football Insider the club had an option to extend the contract but they failed to do so after missing the deadline to trigger the clause.

They have been forced to tell the full-back, 25, to find a new club following his return from his loan.

News of Kane’s availability on a free transfer has alerted a host of Premier League and Championship sides after his impressive season on loan at Hull.

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The attacking full-back was a virtual ever-present for Hull this season, making 41 appearances in all competitions and chipping in with three goals for the Tigers.

Kane’s versatility in that he can right-back, right wing-back as well as left-back and in midfield makes him an attractive proposition to his suitors.

The defender never made a first-team appearance for Chelsea having spent the majority of his time at Stamford Bridge out on loan with spells at Preston North End, Blackburn, Bristol City, Nottingham Forest, Oxford United and Hull as well as stints abroad in Holland with NEC Nijmegen and FC Groningen.

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