Hull City Target Move For Denilson Following Arsenal Exit

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Newly-promoted side look to free transfer of Brazilian midfielder.

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Newly-promoted Hull City will look to add Brazilian midfielder Denilson to their squad on a free transfer this summer following his release from Arsenal.

It was confirmed by the Gunners today that the 25-year-old would be one of three senior players to be leaving the club when their contracts expire on the 30th of June.

Andrey Arshavin and Sebastien Squillaci will follow Denilson out of the door, as all three have proven to be highly disappointing signings by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger. Despite being brought in for big money and earning high wages, none have been first-team regulars for the last few years at the Emirates Stadium.

Denilson has spent the last two seasons on loan at former club Sao Paulo in Brazil, though it is not yet clear whether he would favour a permanent move back to his home country.

His agent has claimed interest in his client from England, Turkey and Russia, and it is thought that he could remain in the Premier League with Steve Bruce and Hull.

The Tigers finished runners-up in the Championship this year to earn promotion back to the top flight after a three-year absence, and they will be looking to sign players on the cheap with Premier League pedigree and experience.

Although Denilson’s form faded after becoming a first-team regular with the Gunners, he was once regarded as one of the club’s most exciting players, and racked up over 150 appearances for the club. His technique and passing ability would also be a useful addition to Hull’s midfield as they look to avoid dropping straight back down to English football’s second tier.

Denilson would become the second high-profile Brazilian player to represent the club, as they managed to bring in talented winger Geovanni in their first season in the Premier League in 2008/09. The former Manchester City winger was instrumental in their fight to stay up that season, and Denilson will hope to have a similar impact at the KC Stadium.

The futures of Denilson’s team-mates Arshavin and Squillaci remain as of yet unclear, with Arshavin being widely tipped to return to former club Zenit St Petersburg, though he was also strongly linked with Reading in January.

Hull have also been monitoring the situation of West Brom striker Peter Odemwingie, who could be available after trying to force a move away from the Hawthorns in January, leaving himself out-of-favour with Baggies manager Steve Clarke as well as unpopular with the club’s fans.

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