Hull closing on Austin deal
Preston North End manager Simon Grayson is still waiting for a
decision from Kevin Davies as the striker mulls over his options
after leaving Bolton Wanderers.
Davies is looking for a new club after his ten-year stint with
Bolton came to an end earlier in the summer, and he has been linked
with teams such as Sheffield Wednesday, Blackpool, Burnley and
Preston are also interested in the free agent and Grayson admits
he will have to remain patient as he tries to get his squad sorted
for the start of the new season.
“We’re still waiting to see where Kevin Davies is at,” Grayson
told the Lancashire Evening Post:
“It will come to a point where he has to make a decision, and we
do as well.
“He has to get back into training and we want to know where we
roughly are with the squad.
“I think Kevin has found it a little more difficult coming round
to the fact that he is an unemployed footballer, as such.
“He has got a few options and has to consider which is the best
one for the next year or so of his footballing career.
“We are certainly still in with a great shout of getting him,
although there are other teams involved too.
“We hope to have ticked enough boxes for him to come here. If he
doesn’t come here we will move on to our next target because we
have a few more options available to us.
“I’m in contact with Kevin every other day, finding out what is
happening. He has been good enough to let us know what his thoughts
There could also be a couple of players leaving Deepdale this
summer, with Grayson ready to listen to offers for high-earner Iain
Hume after he spent last season on loan at Doncaster Rovers.
Chris Beardsley has also been linked with a move elsewhere,
although Grayson insists he would be happy to keep both men if
transfers do not materialise.
He said: “With Chris we are just waiting for someone to make an
offer to take him. As for Iain, it is pretty much wait and see.
“People are saying X, Y and Z about what is happening with
Doncaster and Iain. We’ll see if there is an opportunity to move
him on and if no offers come in, he is a contracted player who will
available for selection.
“Neither player has been discarded – they have been training on
a daily basis, showing their enthusiasm and a fantastic
The 24-year-old has emerged as a leading target for Steve Bruce
as the Hull boss continues to build a squad for a season in the
Austin only has 12 months remaining on his contract at Burnley
and it is understood that the two clubs are on the brink of
agreeing a fee.
The former Swindon forward is then set to hold talks with the
Tigers after previously being linked with the likes of Celtic and
He has scored 45 goals for Burnley since his 2011 move from
Swindon and he netted 28 times for the Clarets last season.
Bruce has been in the market for extra firepower following
Hull’s promotion to the top flight and has already seen a bid for
Celtic striker Gary Hooper rejected.
The likes of Swansea’s Luke Moore, West Bromwich Albion’s Peter
Odemwingie and South African forward Katlego Mphela have also been
linked with moves to the KC Stadium.
The Tigers have so far signed Maynor Figueroa, Curtis Davies and
Allan McGregor in addition to securing permanent deals for George
Boyd and Ahmed Elmohamady.