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Newcastle United Linked With A Move For This Hull City Dazzler: Should Benitez Get Him?

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Subhayan Dutta
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Newcastle United are now reportedly among other Premier League clubs who are hot on heels of Hull City winger Kamil Grosicki. The Polish international was the last signing for the Tigers last winter as Marco Silva was desperate to add more attacking options then, but the versatile forward couldn’t help them survive the relegation.

His impressive displays have, however, caught other clubs’ attention and with the player unwilling to play in the Championship now, they are trying their luck. Among the Premier League sides who are eyeing to land him remain Watford and West Ham United. Hull City aren’t very keen on holding onto him either as his departure will only ease up their wage structure.

However, they have slapped a £9 million price tag on the player which could drive away some of his suitors. Despite being impressive in his debut season, Grosicki at 29 is definitely not the best of options, and most clubs would be sceptical about paying the asking price. Rafael Benitez already has the likes of Yoan Gouffran and Matt Ritchie on the wings and Dwight Gayle up front, and Grosicki is unlikely to play as a second choice for the Magpies.

But, Newcastle’s second-choice Aleksandar Mitrovic is likely to leave St. James’ Park this summer and Benitez is desperate to get a quality replacement. A right winger by nature, Grosicki can also play as a centre-forward as well as a left wing, and given Newcastle’s immediate need he could take Mitrovic’s place.

Hull City had brought him from Ligue 1 side Rennes for £7 million last January and would expect to make a slim profit in disposing of him. And if Benitez has made up his mind, then the Magpies wouldn’t have any problem paying his asking price. Grosicki managed to play 15 Premier League games in the second half of last season and assisted a decent five times in them.

Although he could have been a crucial player for Hull City in their desperate attempt to get back to the top tier next season, they are unlikely to hold on to him. The player has reportedly asked to let him leave this summer and the club has apparently agreed to it provided the offers meet their asking price.

Although Newcastle haven’t tabled a formal bid as of now, Grosicki was among the players who were absent from Hull City’s pre-season training indicating that his exit is near. Grosicki is a regular in the Poland national team earning 50 caps since debuting in 2009 and second-tier would hamper it.

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