By Pete O'Rourke

11th Mar, 2020 | 11:09am

Exclusive: Euro clubs plotting to sign Hull City player, one approach already made

A host of clubs at home and abroad are chasing Hull City defender Lewis Ritson on a free transfer, Football Insider understands.

The 21-year-old’s contract with the Tigers expires in June and is almost certain to leave the KCOM Stadium when the transfer window opens this summer.

A source at Hull has told Football Insider that a number of clubs from across Europe are in hot pursuit of the centre-back, including Scottish outfit St Mirren, Serie B side Perugia and the League of Ireland’s Shelbourne.

Ritson has captained the Tigers at every level in the youth ranks – including the Under-23s – but he has yet to make his first-team debut for the club.

The youth product is ready to leave the KCOM Stadium in search of regular first-team football and he is set to have a number of offers to move this summer.

Shelbourne made an approach for Ritson last month but could not reach an agreement on a deal, with hopes they could reignite a move at the end of the season.

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Perugia, who sit 12th in Italy’s second tier, are keen to take the defender on trial, but the recent Coronavirus outbreak in Italy has stalled progress on any potential move.

St Mirren are understood to have watched Ritson in action four times since January and are ready to offer him a move to Scotland at the end of the season.

Jim Goodwin’s side are hopeful of winning the race for Ritson as the South Shields-born defender is thought to be interested in a move further north.

In other Hull City news, it can be REVEALED that the club tabled an offer for a non-league starlet wanted by Leicester City.