By Wayne Veysey

7th Jan, 2021 | 11:04am

Exclusive: Rochdale set sights on signing Hull City defender

Rochdale have set their sight on signing Hull City defender Festus Arthur this month, Football Insider can exclusively reveal.

The 20-year-old German is in just his second full season as a professional.

A recruitment source has told Football Insider that Rochdale are working on a deal that would see the centre-half join on loan.

The 6 foot 3 inch defender began his career with National League side Stockport.

Arthur played a significant role for the Hatters as they finished 8th on a points-per-game basis, one place below the play-off places, after the season was curtailed in March.

He featured 31 times in total, scoring two goals in the process, against Halifax and Chorley respectively.

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He signed for Hull City in July 2020 for an undisclosed fee, with manager Grant McCann hailing him as “phenomenal” shortly after his arrival.

Arthur is yet to make the matchday squad for any of Hull City’s League One fixtures this season, with the likes of Reece Burke, Jacob Greaves and Jordy De Wijs currently ahead of him in the pecking order.

He has, however, featured in the club’s EFL Trophy campaign, starting in matches against Leicester City’s Under-23s and Crewe Alexandra.

Rochdale will be hoping that the centre-half can bring a much-needed defensive solidity to their struggling backline.

The North-West outfit are currently in the League One relegation zone, two points adrift of safety.

Rochdale manager Brian Barry-Murphy is yet to settle on a centre-back pairing this term, with Jim McNulty, Eoghan O’Connell, Hayden Roberts and Paul McShane all used throughout this season.

In other news, Cardiff City are eyeing a move for a highly-rated Crew Alexandra defender.