Brown admits Voronin interest
Hull City boss Phil Brown has admitted he could be interested in Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin.
Last Updated: 20/07/09 3:51pm
Hull City boss Phil Brown has admitted he could be interested in Liverpool striker Andriy Voronin, but has not made any approach.
Voronin has returned to Anfield after being farmed out by Rafa Benitez for what proved to be a successful season-long loan spell with Hertha Berlin.
The Ukraine international was unable to secure a permanent move to the Bundesliga club and has now pledged to fight for a first-team spot on Merseyside.
Brown is in the market for striking reinforcements but has already seen moves for Michael Owen, Fraizer Campbell, Marc-Antoine Fortune and Daryl Murphy come to nothing.
The Tigers boss is due to hold talks with Fulham forward Bobby Zamora after the two clubs agreed a £5million fee in the middle of last week.
And while Brown moved to play down reports of an impending bid for Voronin, he did not rule out an eventual approach for the former Bayer Leverkusen man.
"We have not made any contact with Liverpool with regards to Andriy Voronin," the Tigers boss said.
However, when asked if Voronin was a player that could interest him, he added: "Of course he would."
And Brown has not ruled out the possibility that defender Sam Ricketts, who has been linked with Everton and Portsmouth, could leave the club.
The Wales international is in the final year of his contract and while Brown wants the 27-year-old to stay he admits there has been interest.
He said: "There are two Premier League clubs interested in Sam Ricketts, who will remain nameless, but Sam seems to have come back in a good vein of form and got his nose to the grindstone early doors.
"He has played in a couple of games so far and we'll see how that goes over the next three or four games."
Brown also expects Michael Turner to remain at the club despite fresh reports linking the centre-half with a move.