Hull’s troubled pre-season saw them suffer another blow on Wednesday as influential midfielder Mohamed Diame left the club for Newcastle.
The Tigers on Tuesday had offered Diame, scorer of the play-off final winner in May that secured their return to the Premier League, a new three-year deal amid reports Newcastle had met his buy-out clause of £4.5million.
But Hull’s efforts proved fruitless as it was announced by both clubs the following day the Senegal international had opted to sign a contract of the same length with the Magpies, who were relegated from the top flight last term.
It was also reported on Wednesday that Hull had turned down a £5million bid from Middlesbrough for their defender Harry Maguire.
The east Yorkshire outfit are looking worryingly threadbare ahead of the new campaign, having sustained several serious injuries this summer and failed to add any signings to their first-team squad.
They are also without a manager after Steve Bruce departed on July 22 following a breakdown in his relationship with the club’s owners the Allams.