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Keane Lewis-Potter transfer rejection and the statement of intent by Hull City owners – Peter Swan

When Hull City revealed their accounts earlier this month, squirreled away within that report was the news that the club had turned down a recent bid for star striker Keane Lewis-Potter.

It’s been said since that it was Brentford who had offered a deal worth around £8m for the club’s talisman at the end of August, and in all honesty, it surprised me a little bit.

For all their faults and criticisms, it would have been easy for the Allams to have taken the money and boosted the coffers a bit, but I’m pleased they rebuffed it.

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I think most fans would have expected the club to have sold him, so there’s clearly more to it than just turning down a bid.

Selling Lewis-Potter at the end of the summer transfer window would have been a disaster, particularly given the embargo situation, and the manager, Grant McCann, would not have been able to replace him, certainly by spending money.

The Allams do have previous in sticking to their valuation, we saw it with Jarrod Bowen when they eventually got the price they wanted from the Hammers, even if the timing was terrible.

In reality, I think the club and its fans have got to be delighted the owners haven’t snapped Brentford’s hands off – if it was the Bees who lodged the bid – because £8m for a young player, particularly in this market, isn’t bad money.

Does it show that the club’s moving in a different direction in trying to keep its better players?

I’d suggest not, to me there are one or two other factors at play here, one being they clearly value him at more than £8m, and as an asset, having him at the club would add on more to the value if they’re, as we believe them to be, trying to sell the club.

Having already turned down a bid, the Allams can show to potential buyers that there’s an asset within the club worth £8m, £10m or whatever they think he’s worth.

The concern for me would be that the interest in him isn’t going away, you’ve had Leicester City, Southampton, West Ham and now Brentford among the clubs we know have been watching him, and I dare say there are others.

If a big bid comes in for Lewis-Potter in January, is the money too good to turn down and he goes, who then replaces him?

As it stands, City would not be able to go out and buy a player in an attempt to fill the void so they’d be relying on a free transfer – and generally at this stage of the season, if a player has no club there’s a reason, another loan or putting pressure on a young player to come in and take his place, which is a big, yet unfair ask.

We must learn our lessons from the Bowen and Kamil Grosicki failures of the relegation season; we thought it was great to keep them after the summer window but losing them late in the January window killed us.

What happened after the pair moved on was a disaster, and to lose Lewis-Potter at any point during January would be a big blow.

He looks like being one of the players who will be the star men to keep us in the league this season, and if it is to be one of struggle then his influence will be vital and we can’t afford to lose him.

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