Hull City’s new manager Leonid Slutsky has admitted that he is seeking to make the most of his connection to Chelsea’s owner Roman Abramovich to secure loan deals from the Blues’ deep pool of young talent.
With a personal recommendation from Abramovich seemingly assisting the Russian manager to land his first gig in England with the Tigers, Slutsky is now hoping to once again utilise his relationship with the billionaire to help him make ‘six or seven’ additions to the Tigers squad.
Following Hull’s relegation to the Championship last season, Slutsky has been entrusted to secure promotion back to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
When questioned if signings are expected from Chelsea during his first meeting with the press on Wednesday, the Daily Star quoted Slutsky saying: “It’s possible for us to loan from Chelsea.
“We’re speaking about some players on loan and maybe we will have information before our up-coming pre-season trip to Portugal. We’re very close to signing a couple of loan players.
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“At this stage, it’s about striking a balance between bringing in loans and those who sign permanently.
Cardiff City’s striker Kenneth Zohore has been suggested as a target for the Tigers, however his price-tag could prove to be too great for Hull who are also keen to keep a hold of their key players ahead of next season.
Slutsky added: “We’re close to buying some players. There’s always a lot of speculation about teams relegated from the Premier League and who they will bring in.
“Our targets are to keep the squad we have here and make some good additions to it. I want six or seven new players.
Hull’s vice-chairman Ehab Allam backed up his new manager’s statements, as he said: “As stated by Leonid we are working very hard to bring new players into the club with news hopefully by the end of the week.
“This process can take time and as much as we would like all business completed immediately, some deals take longer due to the complex nature of the transfer window. New additions will be made to the squad to help towards our aim of a return to the Premier League.”