Hull City should target USA international in transfer window after failed Blackburn Rovers move

Striker Duncan McGuire in action for Orlando City
Striker Duncan McGuire in action for Orlando City -Credit:Kevin Light/Getty Images

Strikers are top of Hull City's shopping list this summer as the Tigers look to bolster their attacking ranks ahead of the new season which kicks off in mid-August.

As it stands, the Tigers have no available senior strikers on their books after loanees Liam Delap and Noah Ohio returned to their parent clubs Manchester City and Standard Liege respectively, while Billy Sharp and Aaron Connolly are at the end of their existing deals which expire this summer.

Though the club could recall Oscar Estupinan from his loan in Brazil with Bahia, that will be a decision for the incoming manager to make over the course of the next few weeks once he's in the door and got his feet under the table.

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Owner Acun Ilicali will again back his manager in the transfer market this summer and given the desire to see a more attacking brand of football, forward options will be the primary area for business.

One player City should consider is USA international Duncan McGuire with the Orlando City ace expected to leave the MLS outfit this summer and make a move to Europe, with more attention likely to come his way during the Paris Olympics where he'll be a key man for the Under-23s national side.

McGuire was on the cusp of a £2.3m move to Blackburn Rovers late in the January window only for the Ewood Park outfit to make a mess of the registration and the deal fell through at the eleventh hour. Rovers officials calamitously hit 'save' instead of 'submit' on the final document and the EFL rejected their appeal.

Already in the UK to sign for Rovers, McGuire had to fly back to the USA and try to restart his career in Florida but has since opted against penning fresh terms at the Inter & Co Stadium. Though Blackburn remain interested in the striker who bagged 13 goals in his first professional campaign, McGuire is reluctant to move to Lancashire given previous events, and with other English clubs interested, the frontman is a player that could add to the Tigers' attacking arsenal next term.

"It's tough to say," McGuire said when asked by GOAL if he'd consider Rovers again. "That was a pretty bad mistake, a pretty bad mistake by them. I'd be open to maybe having a conversation but it would have to be a lot to get me to go back there. On the plane ride back, I just felt like my tail was between my legs. I asked my agent how often this happens and he was like 'This doesn't happen'.

"I didn't burn bridges with my (Orlando) teammates or have it be like 'Oh you wanted to leave and now you're back'. When I got back, it was like I never left."