Changes afoot at the KCOM Stadium

Hal Robson-Kanu, Lamine Sane, Abel Hernandez and Steve Bruce all face uncertain futures.

Changes afoot at the KCOM Stadium
Alan Shearer has tipped Steve Bruce to be next England manager | Photo: ITV

Hull City are a team to keep an eye on over the coming weeks as players and the manager alike have been linked with moves in and out of the newly named KCOM Stadium.

One striker in and one out?

The Yorkshire club, who are making a return to the Premier League after a season out of the of the top tier, have confirmed their interest in Wales striker Hal Robson-Kanu. The former Reading frontman was left without a club at the end of last season, but an outstanding Euro 2016, which saw him score the Goal of the Tournament against Belgium, has seen him linked to a handful of Premier League clubs.

Steve Bruce confirmed his interest on Monday, admitting "we are booked in for talks with him and to see him in the next few days". The Hull manager already has plans for Robson-Kanu suggesting "Hal has had a rebirth playing through the middle. He is big, strong, powerful and quick but I know we have competition".

Hull are in desperate need of a striker after letting Sone Aluko leave on a free before joining Fulham last week and 2015/16 top goalscorer Abel Hernandez seemingly close to a move to Serie A.

Hernandez had been linked with a transfer to Fiorentina, though his agent is believed to have been in Milan in recent days as he looks to make a deal for his player to join Sampdoria. Hernandez scored 21 goals for the Tigers last season but enjoyed a spell at Palermo in Serie A, as his Hull future remains in the balance.

Hull are keen to sign Robson-Kanu (photo: Getty Images)
Hull are keen to sign Robson-Kanu | Photo: Getty Images

Sane to sign? 

Whilst Hernandez' representatives are one side of Europe, Hull officials are in France as they look to complete a deal for Bordeaux defender Lamine Sane. The powerful centre-back can also play in midfield and is close friends with Senegal teammate Mohamed Diame. After making just eleven starts in Ligue 1 last season, Sane is believed to be restless, particularly after previous links to the Premier League.

His signature could become even more important following the news that Hull centre back Alex Bruce has picked up a long-term injury on the pre-season training camp in Portugal.

Bruce picked up an achilles injury on the same day that goalkeeper Alan McGregor suffered a back problem. Both players are expected to be out for four to six months, with Bruce admitting it is "obviously a blow to lose both of them".

The manager hinted at another possible signing, explaining "you have to go into the season with three goalkeepers so that is something I will have to address".

Sane could sign for Hull in the coming days (photo: Getty Images)
Sane could sign for Hull in the coming days (photo: Getty Images)

Bruce linked to England job

However, the future of Bruce himself remains in the balance. In a rollercoaster few weeks, the former defender admitted to "keeping his options open" after Hull won the Championship play-off final, before claiming it was "business as usual" as his side set off for Portugal.

Yet following England legend Alan Shearer's appraisal of Bruce claiming "he should be next England manager", sources have claimed the man at the helm of Hull is set to have an interview for the England job later this week.

Bruce explained that he was "highly flattered and honoured to be linked with the job. To manage your country there's no bigger job". He went on the explain that "it is all speculation", though Hull fans will be nervous that they could potentially lose the man that led them back to the Premier League at the first attempt.

Hull will be a city to keep an eye on over the coming weeks as changes seem aplenty before the new season begins in August.