PL rivals move ahead of Liverpool in race for 66-time capped defender - reports
By Danny Wright
Hull have sent their transfer chiefs to Istanbul to try and tie up a deal for Fenerbache’s Simon Kjaer, according to a report.
Turkish news outlet Fotomac claims that the Humberside club are stepping up their pursuit of the centre-back, who is thought to be available for between £7.6million and £8.5million.
It is understood Hull have sent their club secretary David Beeby and his assistant Bronwen Walker to the Turkish giants.
Turkish-football had previously reported that Liverpool had been sending scouts to keep tabs on the Danish international defender, but Hull now look to be in pole position to land him.
Fenerbahce originally wanted £17million for Kjaer, but according to the latest report that asking price has plummeted.
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However both Hull and Liverpool’s pursuit of the Dane could be scuppered as the defender previously told Fotospor that he has “no intention of leaving Turkey”.
Kjaer, 28, has made 36 appearances across all competitions for Fenerbahce this season, scoring three goals.
The centre-back hosts a wide range of experience that has seen him pick up 66 caps for Denmark as well as starring in impressive spells at Wolfsburg, Roma, Lille and Palermo.
He was named in the UEFA Europa League Team of the Group Stages as recognition for his strong performances in Europe this season.
Kjaer was part of the Fenerbahce side that won 2-1 against Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United in November.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s no secret that Liverpool need to make defensive reinforcements in the summer and signing Kjaer would bring a high-quality player, with a wealth of experience to the side. The Merseyside club should be able to blow Hull out of the water if they wish, even if the Humberside club avoid relegation. Whether the Dane is an improvement on Dejan Lovren and Ragnar Klavan remains to be seen, but his European credentials are impressive. It is going to be a big summer for Jurgen Klopp and getting a deal done to develop his backline has to be a priority.
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