Tigers patient over Campbell
Hull City are confident of signing Fraizer Campbell, insisting that the deal will be completed soon.
By Richard Bailey
Last Updated: 15/06/09 4:21pm
Hull City remain confident of securing Fraizer Campbell's signature and hope that the deal should be completed when the player returns from England Under-21 duty.
The Tigers had a bid accepted for the Manchester United striker last week, thought to be a club record £6million, but since then the deal has gone quiet causing rumours to surface that negotiations have broken down.
But Tigers chairman Paul Duffen has reassured the club's fans that the deal is still very much on, although they have gone as far as they can without being in direct contact with the 21-year-old.
Campbell, who had a successful loan spell at the KC Stadium during the 2007/08 season, is currently among Stuart Pearce's 23-man squad for the Under-21 European Championships in Sweden.
The earliest date the frontman could return to conclude the deal would be 23rd June - if England fall at the group stages - and Duffen is willing to remain patient.
"We are in negotiations with Fraizer's advisors and we have got probably as far as we can for the time being," he said.
"There may be some issues they need to finalise with his former club and that's something we can't get involved in.
"We need to do what we can do and wait to see what happens in the fullness of time. He is busy now playing in the European Under-21 Championship.
"We are in touch with his advisors and hopefully we can progress things shortly. The important thing is we get Fraizer Campbell at Hull City because we are the club he wants to play for."
Duffen is all too aware that the club still need to strengthen up front even if they sign Campbell after the Tigers mustered just 39 goals in the Premier League all season.
"The important thing for us is that we score more goals, so the focus on our strengthening in the summer will be on signing strikers who can score goals," he added.
"We need to rely on the intelligence of our scouting network, trust our research and bring players into the club who have proved their abilities in other leagues or are of value because they haven't been maximised in the Premier League."