Hull City head coach Nigel Adkins wants to push ahead with a deal to bring Scunthorpe United left-back Conor Townsend back to the KCOM Stadium as he targets a much-needed lift in the transfer market.
City have so far only recruited Eric Lichaj from Nottingham Forest in a summer that has been dominated by a succession of high-profile players heading for the exit door.
That has left Adkins to work with just four senior defenders through the opening week of pre-season but a move has been made to bring Townsend back to his hometown club.
The 25-year-old academy graduate left City in January 2016 on a free transfer but Adkins has been impressed by the defender’s subsequent development at Glanford Park.
Although Scunthorpe would be reluctant to off-load Townsend after triggering a 12-month extension to his deal at the end of last season, they would be vulnerable if their £250,000 valuation was met by City.
Townsend, who continues to live in Hull, spent a total of 15 years on City’s books having first signed for the Tigers as an eight-year-old.
Loans came at Grimsby Town, Chesterfield, Carlisle, Dundee United and Scunthorpe during his development under Steve Bruce but 65 minutes in City’s League Cup tie away to Leyton Orient in August 2013 ended up being Townsend’s only action in black and amber.
The former Hessle High School pupil eventually left the KCOM Stadium two and a half years ago when finding himself behind Andy Robertson, Ryan Taylor and Josh Tymon in the pecking order.
Adkins continues to also wait on a proposed move for Nedum Onouha, two weeks after City tabled an offer for the free agent. The Tigers head coach had previously been encouraged by talks with the former QPR captain but could be forced to look elsewhere unless an agreement can be reached this week.
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City travel to Portugal to begin a warm-weather training camp on Sunday and, like last summer, will be forced to supplement squad numbers with a host of youngsters.
Although new signing Lichaj and Markus Henriksen have joined up following delayed starts, there is currently set to be only 13 senior players available for the Tigers’ first friendly against Portuguese outfit Maritimo in seven days.
City also face SC Braga during their eight-night stay on the Algarve and Adkins wants to see new bodies arriving quickly as the days count down to a new Championship season beginning on August 6 against Aston Villa.