By Harry Sykes
The odds have been slashed on Newcastle United signing midfielder Sam Clucas from Hull City this summer, according to bookmakers.
Sky Bet priced the north-east giants at 7/4 on Saturday night to land Clucas, 26, before the August transfer window cut-off.
Newcastle are the favourites to secure the signature of the left winger, narrowly ahead of Burnley (5/2), while Leicester, Swansea and West Brom (all 22/1) are relatively distantly priced.
The odds have been slashed from last month, when Clucas was 5/2 to make the switch from the KCOM Stadium to St James’ Park with SkyBet..
Clucas delivered some performances for Hull last season and was touted for an England call-up in March, although his three goals and one assist from 37 appearances weren’t enough to save his side from the drop.
Newcastle have been strongly linked with a move for the wide man as they aim to strengthen their squad ahead of their Premier League opener against Tottenham tomorrow.
Clucas joined Hull from Chesterfield in the summer of 2015 and has a contract with the Championship club that runs until 2019.
City have already sold a host of star names this summer. Harry Maguire and Andy Robertson were allowed to leave for a combined sum that could rise to £27m, while Josh Tymon, Curtis Davies, Tom Huddlestone, Eldin Jakupovic and Ahmed Elmohamady have also moved on.
Manager Leonid Slutsky has consistently made it clear that the “supermarket is now closed” at the KCOM Stadium, with all energies now centred on recruitment.
Sweden international Seb Larsson became City’s sixth new signing this week, joining fellow new recruits Ola Aina, Fraizer Campbell, Ondrej Mazuch, Kevin Stewart and Michael
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