By Russell Edge

31st Jul, 2020 | 6:10pm

Exclusive: Fulham, Bournemouth & Stoke plot raid to sign attacker from recently-relegated club

Fulham have been joined by Bournemouth and Stoke City in the hunt to sign Hull City striker Mallik Wilks this summer, Football Insider understands.

The 21-year-old joined the Tigers on a permanent basis earlier this month after a six-month loan spell from Barnsley.

However, a recruitment source has told Football Insider that Hull could be forced to sell the striker after their relegation to League One and that Fulham, Bournemouth and Stoke are among his suitors.

The former Leeds United striker joined Barnsley back in the summer of 2019 after an impressive loan spell at Doncaster Rovers.

He scored 16 times and contributed a further 12 assists at the Keepmoat Stadium but was unable to replicate his form with the Tykes.

After just one goal in 16 appearances, he was shipped off to Hull on a temporary basis until the end of the season.

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Despite six goals and a series of standout performances, Wilks was unable to stop the Tigers from being relegated, although the club did sign him permanently at the start of July.

Hull’s predicament means that they could be forced to cash in on the striker this summer and Fulham, Bournemouth and Stoke are all keeping close tabs on his situation.

The Cottagers currently do not know whether they will be making signings for the Premier League or Championship next season as they prepare for the play-off final against Brentford.

Bournemouth are set for their first season outside the top flight since 2015, while Stoke are heading into their third-successive Championship campaign.

In other Fulham news, it can be REVEALED West Brom have set their sights on signing a Cottager for £5million.

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