Hull City boss Nigel Adkins has not given up hope of strengthening his squad ahead of hosting Aston Villa on Monday, despite seeing Jiri Skalak complete his move to Championship rivals Millwall.
Less than a week after missing out on Conor Townsend, who signed for West Brom in a £750,000 deal, Adkins was again left frustrated when another transfer target slipped through the net.
City had tabled an unsuccessful bid for Skalak two weeks ago but any hope of landing the Czech winger is now over after he completed a move from Brighton to Millwall.
The Seagulls’ Oliver Norwood remains a prominent figure on City’s radar following a second rejected offer this week but Adkins is stuck on six new additions ahead of the opening weekend.
Asked if that could change before hosting Villa, Adkins yesterday said: “We’ll have to wait and see. I was in yesterday, late last night and maybe I’m speaking to a player today. We’re working hard to make things happen and improve the group we’ve got for the benefit of the group as well.
“I know the club is working hard behind the scenes and I know there is offers on the table for three or four players.
“But until they’re actually signed and over the line they’re not done. We’re just waiting on responses to bids that are in so that’s the important thing.
“We are working hard to improve the group of players that we’ve got. The group of players are working extremely hard, who want to do well for Hull City.”
Since a flurry of new signings saw City land five players inside 10 days midway through last month, Adkins has struggled to bolster a squad he currently believes is not strong enough to challenge for promotion.
Townsend’s move to West Brom saw the City boss miss out on his preferred target to strengthen at left-back, while Skalak’s move to Millwall has deprived Adkins of another option out wide.
City have not given up hope of landing Norwood, a player Adkins previously signed when in charge of Reading, but they will have to come far closer to Brighton’s £1.5m valuation.
“He’s obviously an international player, he’s at a good age, he’s got an unbelievable range of passing, he can run all day and he’s got a fantastic character,” said Adkins.
“I don’t know (if a deal can be done). I’ve been talking to several clubs about several players.
“We haven’t put it out there that we’ve put a bid in, but someone has reported it from other areas, there’s a lot of things going on behind the scenes that we try and keep private but we are trying to bring players in to bolster a squad that is a very competitive Championship season.”