In a deal that could be worth £10.3 million, Hull City are looking to sign Jamaican wonder-kid Leon Bailey. But this would need them to beat competition from giants Liverpool, Chelsea and Everton, according to Daily Mail.
The Tigers are looking to do this by quickly closing a deal with Genk, the Belgian club Bailey currently plies his trade at. With Roma, Bayer Leverkusen, and Napoli also seriously interested, this might prove to be a tough task.
Bailey is still 19 years old, but he is already one of the hottest properties in Europe, and is valued at £20 million by Genk. The winger might be tempted by the prospect of European football with such big names involved. His first team opportunities might be limited though.
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Chelsea or Liverpool might still be good options, with both Conte and Klopp ready to encourage and develop young players. Hull City’s manager Marcos Silva is reportedly very much interested in the youngster. This, and the prospect of first team football might just tempt Bailey.
Bailey’s tale is an incredible one of drama and action. According to Wiki, he had to reside in Belgium illegally while his father went missing. Even though Genk were keen on signing him, FIFA rules prevented this and he had to try various options before signing for AS Trenčín. He then moved to Genk, and very quickly made his senior debut.
If he can make a move to a big club, it would be a fairy tale indeed.