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Hull City Want This Hungarian Goal-Machine; A Brilliant Move For The Touted Fee?

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Snehanjan Banerjee
Snehanjan used to a former columnist at The 4th Official. Fan of KK, Cricket and Liverpool (in no particular order).

The new season in the Premier League starts this weekend and with just a few days before the season-opener, Hull City are in a very difficult place following Steve Bruce leaving the club. The reason why Bruce put an end to his four-year-stay at the KC Stadium was because of the lack of intent from the owners to back the club in the transfer market. Hull City have identified Wales manager Chris Coleman as the ideal successor of Bruce but former Watford boss Zola is also earmarked as an alternative.

Given the managerial situation at the club, the relative lack of action from the Tigers is not at all surprising. The Tigers have failed to complete any major signing so far this summer while one of their best player Mohamed Diame made his move out to Championship giants Newcastle United. Hull City chief executive Ehab Allam is in the market top do the business as the club looks for a manager and as per The Hull Daily Mail, Nemanja Nikolic has been eyed up by the Tigers.

Who is Nemanja Nikolic?

Nikolic is a Hungarian international forward who currently plies his trade for Polish Ekstraklasa club Legia Warsaw. The Hull Daily Mail claims that Hull City need to spend £3m for the services of the 28-year-old. That’s a relatively inferior price for a player who is a 3-time Hungarian League Top Goalscorer while playing for Videoton. The last season was his first campaign in Polish Ekstraklasa and he topped the scoring charts of the division with 28 goals.

Roma's forward from Spain Iago Falque (R) vies with Bate Borisov's midfielder Nemanja Nikolic during the UEFA Champions League football match AS Roma vs Bate Borisov on December 9, 2015 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Roma’s forward from Spain Iago Falque (R) vies with Bate Borisov’s midfielder Nemanja Nikolic during the UEFA Champions League football match AS Roma vs Bate Borisov on December 9, 2015 at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. AFP PHOTO / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP / FILIPPO MONTEFORTE (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

Nikolic has been a prolific goalscorer throughout his career for clubs like Videoton, Kaposvári Rákóczi and Legia Warsaw. The 28-year-old is not only an accomplished goal-threat but he is someone who can create goals as well. Just take his Legia Warsaw stats in the last season into account. Nikolic set up his teammates nine times from 37 games in Ekstraklasa which is impressive.

Hull City need a forward who can contend with Abel Hernandez for a first-team place and Nikolic fits the bill perfectly. The Hungarian’s ability to create as well as score can make him a success at the KC Stadium in a two-man attack.

A major issue surrounding any transfer is the fact that the Polish side are only a two-legged win against Dundalk away from making the Champions League. It will be a bit tricky for them to convince the 28-year-old opting for a Hull City switch saying no to Champions League football.

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