Acun’s Ilicali's public plea to Hull City star Jacob Greaves amid Premier League admission

Hull City's Jacob Greaves is a man in demand this summer
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Hull City owner Acun Ilicali has urged Jacob Greaves to avoid the temptation of the Premier League this summer and stay with his hometown club.

Greaves is keen to make the step up to the top flight with Everton, West Ham and Nottingham Forest among those clubs keeping tabs on the situation involving last season's Player of the Year.

City have already been made aware of interest in the 23-year-old talismanic defender and are prepared for firm offers to come in over the next few weeks as the transfer window really picks up later in June. But Ilicali is desperate for Greaves to stay at the MKM Stadium for one more season and lead the club into the Premier League under new boss Tim Walter.

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Ilicali says he will not stand in Greaves' way, or for that matter, Jaden Philogene, if the pair want to leave in pursuit of top-flight football. But the Turkish businessman has pleaded with the academy graduate to stay and be a part of City's big rebuild under their new boss.

"These will come soon I think," Ilicali told the 1904 Club podcast. "Some small talkings about them, yes, there are and serious offers will come, I think in the next two to three weeks, this is the information I'm getting from Tan (Kesler - vice-chairman) all of the time.

"He's (Tan Kesler) feeling like there will be some offers coming and I will underline something again; if you ask me, I will never sell them. The only reason (I will sell them) they will come to me and say that they want to go.

"I advised (Keane Lewis) Potter not to go, and if he had stayed that year, it would be good for him and us together and one year later, he could go. Again, about these boys (Greaves and Philogene) if they feel like they're going to play and they're going to be successful for me, their future is more important always above my benefits.

"Greaves wants to play in the Premier League. He's such a nice boy, he just said to me (his wish to play in the Premier League). I love him as a character. He's a real captain.

"I address him from here. Greaves, we need you. You are so good and please be with us, but if his brain and soul are completely with another club, we will not stop him."