Hull City braced to fend off interest in Kamil Grosicki as January window looms

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Hull City braced to fend off interest in Kamil Grosicki as January window looms

Hull City head coach Nigel Adkins fears Kamil Grosicki will again be a man in demand during the January transfer window after seeing the winger recapture his best form in the closing months of 2018.

Grosicki has consistently been linked with moves away from the KCOM Stadium since he was part of a City side relegated from the Premier League 18 months ago.

A proposed loan to Derby County fell through last January before the Poland international came even closer to leaving in August when agreeing to join Turkish side Bursaspor.

Only a late change of heart kept Grosicki with the Tigers but Adkins is already braced for the speculation to resume over the club’s highest earner next month.

Kamil Grosicki of Hull City celebrates after scoring at Birmingham City
Kamil Grosicki of Hull City celebrates after scoring at Birmingham City

“Everyone will get linked with something,” he said. “We’ve had two windows since I’ve been here, the January one and the summer one, and both windows there was all sorts going on (with Kamil).

“Will all sorts go on again? Every chance. That’s just the way it is.

“But at the moment you can see a fully focused Kamil Grosicki, which is great. That is what we want.

He’s committed to the team and he’s looking to improve. That can only benefit the football club. “When January comes it’s a different conversation that we’ll be having but I’d like to think we’ll have a bit more clarity over the direction the football club is going to take.”

Grosicki has been one of City’s most influential attacking players in the last month during a run of eight consecutive starts, playing a lead role in the comeback that saw the Tigers draw 3-3 away to Birmingham last month.

Kamil Grosicki of Hull City (left) chats with Jarrod Bowen before the Sky Bet Championship match at Bramall Lane
Kamil Grosicki of Hull City (left) chats with Jarrod Bowen before the Sky Bet Championship match at Bramall Lane

That form has been a reminder of the winger’s undoubted talent but there are no guarantees City will retain his services for the whole season.

A two-year loan deal agreed with Bursaspor was primarily designed to reduce the club’s wage bill and it is feared the Allam family, City’s owners, could aim to reduce overheads in the New Year if a proposed takeover fails to materialise.

That leaves Adkins unable to firm up plans for his third transfer window as City boss, which opens three weeks from now.

“It’s going to be interesting in January, with the uncertainty that surrounds where the finances will be and what the club’s situation will be,” he said.

Hull City manager Nigel Adkins arrives at the KCOM Stadium before the Sky Bet Championship fixture at home to Nottingham Forest
Hull City manager Nigel Adkins arrives at the KCOM Stadium before the Sky Bet Championship fixture at home to Nottingham Forest

“We’re looking at all options and availability but it depends on the finances you’ve got.

“Who might go, who might stay. There’s going to be a lot of talking points.

“At the moment all the players are fully focused. Everyone has to be committed to the team ethos because I’ve seen it before when people get distracted.

“There’ll be different conversations to be had after the Bolton game (on New Year’s Day) and we’ll take it from there.”

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