Agent - King wants Hull stay
Marlon King's agent says the striker is 'optimistic' that Hull will sign him on a permanent basis.
Last Updated: 11/12/08 9:49am
Marlon King's agent says the striker is 'optimistic' that Hull City will sign him on a permanent basis.
Agent Tony Finnigan says King is 'happy' with the Tigers, where he is on loan from Wigan until the end of the season.
The 28-year-old has scored five times in the Premier League so far this term, including the winner against Middlesbrough on Saturday.
This has led to speculation that other clubs could come in for him in the January transfer window - or that Latics boss Steve Bruce may want to bring him back to the JJB Stadium.
But Finnigan believes the player will not be leaving the KC Stadium in January - on the contrary, he would like to become a Tiger full-time.
Finnigan told the Hull Daily Mail: "Hull have him until the end of the season and he's doing well so I see no reason why Marlon would want to change that agreement.
"He's doing well and he's a big piece of a very good jigsaw puzzle.
"He's enjoying every day and he's optimistic they will want to get him in full-time."
But Finnigan does not know if King's move to the Tigers will be made permanent in January.
"To be honest I have not got a clue what's happening. You never know in football," he said.
"The picture has changed dramatically since the start of the season.
"Steve Bruce didn't think he was good enough for the Premier League and he's gone out and proved him wrong.
"There's now a totally different perspective on the situation."
Hull City chairman Paul Duffen insists the Tigers do not need to rush into signing the player in January.
He said: "The reality is that he is on loan until the end of the season, and until that time he is a Hull City player.
"Therefore, there is no reason to rush into anything in January."
Duffen denied being concerned that King could cost more to buy because of his good form and was also not worried about competing for his signature with other Premier League clubs.
"Any player that plays for Hull City does so because he wants to play for Hull City," he added.
"We want players with that attitude and commitment to the club. There is no suggestion that Marlon would want to play for another club."