Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Hull City confirm interest in Djordjevic; Vidal happy at Juve

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has confirmed the club's interest in Nantes striker Filip Djordjevic.

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has confirmed the club’s interest in bringing FC Nantes striker Filip Djordjevic to the KC Stadium in the January transfer window, Sky Sports understands.

Djordjevic, who joined Nantes from Serbian SuperLiga giants Red Star Belgrade in 2008, has caught the eye of a host of English Premier League clubs after enjoying a flying start to the season.

The Serbia international, 26, has bagged eight goals and two assists in 14 Ligue 1 appearances for Nantes in 2013/14.

In fact, only AS Monaco ace Radamel Falcao and Paris Saint-Germain duo Edinson Cavani Zlatan Ibrahimovic have scored more goals, nine apiece, than Djordjevic in France’s top-flight this term.

Nantes are expected to cash in on Djordjevic, whose current contract at the Stade de la Beaujoire expires at the end of the season, when the transfer window re-opens in the New Year, much to the delight of the aforementioned Steve Bruce.

“It’s something we’re looking at. He’s [Djordjevic] someone on our list,” said Bruce.

“We’ll always try and improve.

“The difference in January is can you find anybody out there who will make you significantly better? “I think that’s the key to it.

“It’s not just about spending money, you need to find somebody who can make a difference.”

Hull, currently in 13th-place in the Premier League table, will host Liverpool at the KC on Sunday.

The Tigers are 3-2-1 at their home ground, as compared to Liverpool’s 2-3-1 away record, but the Reds are still massive favourites to take all three points.

Hull City (11/2); Liverpool (8/13); Draw (3/1)

Vidal happy at Juve

Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal has revealed he is on the verge of agreeing a contraction extension with the Bianconeri.

Vidal, 26, joined Juve from Bayer Leverkusen for a bargain fee of €10.5 million in 2011.

The Chile international has started the 2013/14 campaign on cracking form for the Italian champions, having tallied 10 goals — including five in the UEFA Champions League — and four assists in 19 appearances across all competitions.

Vidal is under contract at the Juventus Stadium until the summer of 2016, but he is ready to commit his long-term future to the club.

“There is very little to go until we sign the new contract. I could sign it tomorrow, I’m just waiting to hear back from the club,” said Vidal.

“I’m always happy here at Juventus because wearing the shirt means the world to me.”

Vidal — 15/8 to score at anytime against Udinese on Sunday — is on pace to top his career-best tally of 10 league goals in a season.


Shawn Etemadi



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