Jaden Philogene transfer truth after Manchester United links to Hull City forward

Jaden Philogene is on his way out of Hull City
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Jaden Philogene is unlikely to move to Manchester United despite reports linking the in-demand Hull City winger to the Old Trafford giants.

Reports have emerged in recent days that United had been 'keeping a close eye' on a move for the 22-year-old who finished last season as City's top scorer with 12 goals and six assists as the Tigers narrowly missed out on a place in the Championship's play-offs.

Those reports are wide of the mark, Hull Live understands, according to sources close to negotiations involved in Philogene's future at the MKM Stadium.

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Ipswich Town, Everton and Crystal Palace are the clubs with a genuine live interest in signing Philogene, who has made it clear to owner Acun Ilicali that he wants to leave and pursue a move to the top flight. Ilicali has reluctantly granted that wish but will only sanction the move once an accepted fee has been agreed.

Barcelona had enquired about Philogene's availability late last month but the Catalan giants discussed a loan-to-buy deal which City were not keen on with the Nou Camp outfit no longer in the running. Philogene reportedly speaking about a potential move to Spain, said: “I chose the Premier League because it is the clearest offer I have, but my dream is still La Liga," Que T'hi Jugues podcast attributed to him. "Barça is my dream, I hope I can sign for them one day. My idols are Ronaldinho and Neymar."

It's understood Ipswich are leading the race for Philogene at this stage, with the former Aston Villa youngster keen on a move to Portman Road and linking up with Kieran McKenna. The former Manchester United youth coach tried to sign Philogene 12 months ago before he opted to move to City.

City remain locked in talks with the newly-promoted Tractor Boys over a double deal for Philogene and his Tigers teammate Jacob Greaves with an expectation that an agreement could be struck as soon as next week.

It's understood initial figures claiming City would sell the duo for around £30m are also wide of the mark, with sources indicating to Hull Live that any final figure will be significantly higher and include a hefty sell-on clause and represent a significant profit on a player they signed for just under £5m less than a year ago.

The Tigers hope to make their second permanent signing of the summer in the coming days as they prepare to fly to Istanbul on Wednesday morning for their 10-day training camp, with talks over a striker ongoing.