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Jay Simpson: Arsenal Striker Preparing For Exit

Though prolific elsewhere, it never quite worked out for Jay Simpson at Arsenal.

Jay Simpson Arsenal 2008/09 Arsenal V Sheffield United (6-0) 23/09/08 The Carling Cup Photo Robin Parker Fotosports International

Leon Callender, owner of Straight Ace Sports Management, the company which looks after [Jay] Simpson, told the Hull Daily Mail his client was “very interested” in a move to the Tigers.

He told the Mail: “Should the two clubs come to an agreement on a deal, I can’t see there being any problem in the deal going through. Jay is very interested in a move to Hull.

“He sees Hull as a good Championship club and feels it would be a good move for him.

“He travelled up to Hull last week for a look around and has spoken to the gaffer. Now it is just down to the clubs to agree a deal.”

With Championship rivals Leeds and Bristol City also interested, City could have competition for his signature.

But Callender says he has not been given the impression City need to sell before they can buy.

“Hull are trying to structure a deal with Arsenal and have put an offer in for a deal,” he said.

“They are now working on that but as far as I know it isn’t dependent on the club getting any players out of the door, as that would be unpredictable. They are looking at a structured deal related to both how Hull do as a side and how Jay does in terms of his own performances after the move.

“Jay hasn’t made a final decision but Hull are certainly in his mind.” (Hull Daily Mail)

Arsenal youngster Jay Simpson has had little chance to impress at the Emirates but has been relatively prolific in the lower divisions, so this move would make sense for both parties.

Able to play as both a winger and up front, he has shone on loan to Millwall, West Bromwich Albion and Queens Park Rangers in the last three seasons, but has never been able to establish himself for the Gunners.

Simpson certainly has goals in him. He scored 13 in 37 starts appearances for QPR, who finished thirteenth overall in the Championship.

Hull appear to have made the most serious offer, but Leeds United’s and Bristol City’s interest could prove tempting. Leeds still need a convincing replacement for striker Jermaine Beckford, with Billy Paynter not nearly as prolific.

With Simpson out of contract with Arsenal next season, whichever club wins the player’s signature will most certainly get decent value.

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