How Hull City can benefit from Crystal Palace's transfer interest in Jaden Philogene

Jesurun Rak-Sakyi's future at Selhurst Park remains up in the air
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Crystal Palace are one of a host of clubs with a keen interest in signing Hull City's Jaden Philogene, with the Eagles joining the likes of Ipswich Town and Everton in trying to tempt the Tigers into doing business.

There's a growing expectation Philogene, who joined City less than 12 months ago in a deal worth around £5m from Aston Villa, will leave the club in the coming days once a deal can be struck.

Spanish giants Barcelona held talks with City over a potential loan deal but that possibility was scrubbed quickly after it became clear the Tigers would only consider a permanent sale, while the financially-stricken Catalans preferred a loan-to-buy deal.

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Ipswich have gone in hard for the 22-year-old England Under-21 international with Kieran McKenna a keen fan having tried - and failed - to sign him from Villa 12 months ago when the winger opted to sign for the Tigers.

Though City want a big fee for Philogene, Palace's interest could work in their favour and help them with regards to bringing in new players, something that is strikingly pressing given the mass exodus since the end of the season and the worrying lack of numbers, and quality, at Tim Walter's disposal.

City have held a long-term interest in Jesurun Rak-Sakyi and came agonisingly close to signing the 21-year-old winger on loan on deadline day last summer. In fact, so close to securing the youngster were the Tigers, preparations were being made for him to join Liam Rosenior's squad for their game at Leicester City on September 2, just as James Furlong and Tyler Morton both did before the Tigers secured a terrific 1-0 win courtesy of Liam Delap's fine strike.

After a topsy-turvy deadline day, around 8pm, the Tigers finally thought they'd got a deal after an agreement was struck with Palace for Rak-Sakyi to arrive, only for it to be voted by Steve Parish at the last minute just shy of the 11pm deadline, with the Eagles owner concerned about the lack of cover in Roy Hodgson's squad.

Rak-Sakyi remained at Selhurst Park but frustratingly for a player of obvious talent and potential, played just 132 minutes of Premier League football with his last appearance coming against Spurs in late October. Admittedly, an untimely hamstring injury curtailed any further progress with him missing 24 games.

Hodgson's exit heralded the exciting arrival of Austrian boss Oliver Glasner and the winger did make a re-appearance on the bench for games against Fulham, Manchester United and Wolves at the back end of the campaign before being left out of the squad for the final day thumping of Aston Villa.

A host of other Championship clubs are keen on Rak-Sakyi, but City's relationship with Palace, their admiration for the player and their interest in Philogene should stand them in good stead. Naturally, the Tigers will want a hefty transfer fee for Palace, who expect to have a decent transfer kitty assuming the £50m sale of Michael Olise to Bayern Munich goes through, but any deal for City's leading marksman could well be sweetened with a player who could slot in and replace Philogene.