Tigers closing on Ricketts
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Hull City have reportedly opened talks with Swansea City defender Sam Ricketts.
Hull City have reportedly opened talks with Swansea City defender Sam Ricketts regarding a move to the Championship club.
The Tigers are thought to have activated a clause in the 24-year-old's contract that allows him to speak to any side that offer over £300,000 to The Swans for his services.
The East Yorkshire outfit are believed to have made a bid of £325,000 for the former Oxford United and Telford United player, who still has two years left on his contract at The Liberty Stadium.
A Hull spokesman has confirmed that talks are ongoing with the Wales international, but Swans boss Kenny Jackett has stated a deal for the 24-year-old has not been agreed to by both clubs.
"Hull did make a bid for Sam but that was turned down," Jackett told the South Wales Evening Post.
"It is hard to put an exact figure on the deal, as they were offering players in exchange as well. The players that they offered did not interest me at all."
Meanwhile, Jackett's search to bring new faces to Swansea this summer has seen him hand trials to three players.
Former Cardiff City midfielder Willie Boland, former Walsall goalkeeper Andy Oakes and French custodian Michel Herbert have all earned the chance to impress The Swans.
Boland arrives at The Liberty Stadium after spending last week training with Dennis Wise's Swindon Town.
Former Derby County keeper Oakes comes to Swansea following his release from The Saddlers, while Frenchman Herbert spent last season playing his football in Australia.
Jackett is keen to boost his goalkeeping ranks, with Willy Gueret the only shot-stopper on Swansea's books.
"I don't know whether I would sign two (goalkeepers) for the long term, but if it happens for the short term, then we will see," said Jackett.