Steve Bruce and Hull City are preparing a £9 million bid to bring Vincent Aboubakar to the KC Stadium, according to reports in the English press. The Cameroon international currently represents Lorient at club level, plying his trade in the French Ligue 1.
Bruce is believed to have targeted home-grown talent primarily, but the Tigers have found themselves priced out of the market. Despite reaping £12 million for the surprise sale of Shane Long to Southampton, Bruce has still been incapable of landing either Manchester United’s Danny Welback or Watford’s Troy Deeney.
As such, the Yorkshire club have turned their attention to overseas players, and are particularly interested in Aboubakar. The 22 year old bagged 16 goals for Lorient last season, in what turned out to be a breakthrough campaign on a personal level. He has also notched at international level, having recently been awarded opportunities to play for Cameroon.
Bruce currently only has two strikers at his disposal, which will not be enough considering Hull’s European commitments this year. As they were finalists in the FA Cup last season, the Tigers are representing the Premier League in the Europa League this season. With a front-line consisting of just Nikica Jelavic and Yannick Sagbo, however, there is critical need of at least one more reinforcement up front.