Tim Walter handed major transfer boost as popular striker makes Hull City return

Oscar Estupinan proved to be a popular figure in East Yorkshire during his season at the MKM Stadium
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Hull City have recalled striker Oscar Estupinan from his loan spell at FC Bahia in Brazil as new manager Tim Walter plans to run the rule over the popular Colombian hitman.

Estupinan bagged 13 goals in his first season in English football after arriving on a free transfer from Portuguese side Vitória Sport Clube, but played just five times in league and cup at the beginning of last season, scoring in the defeat to Grant McCann's Doncaster Rovers, before being loaned out to French Ligue 1 side FC Metz where his outings were limited to just six.

After that spell in France was cut short, he then headed back to South America in January, after former boss Liam Rosenior opted against bringing him back to the MKM Stadium during the winter window after Liam Delap picked up a knee injury, instead signing Noah Ohio on loan from Standard Liege and sticking with Billy Sharp and Aaron Connolly.

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The 27-year-old striker has since netted eight goals in 21 appearances for Bahia following his move in January with the Brazilian outfit having the option to buy Oscar when their campaign ends in December as part of their original deal. But the Tigers have been pondering a recall throughout the summer and have now activated it.

German head coach Walter, Hull Live understands, has asked that Estupinan be recalled so he can take a closer look at him during the pre-season trip to Turkey which gets underway on Wednesday when City fly out from Humberside Airport for their 10-day training camp with a view to being a key part of his Championship squad.

It's believed Walter questioned why Estupinan, with a good record of finding the net, was not at the club and has therefore requested his return to the fold, which has since been actioned.

City are seriously lacking in forward options after seeing Delap, Connolly, Sharp and Ohio all move at the end of the season, but the club hope to have a new frontman in the building this week to bolster Walter's attacking options, which would be further enhanced with the return of the popular Estupinan.

The Tigers do expect to lose Jaden Philogene with Ipswich Town leading the race for the 22-year-old winger amid interest from Everton and Crystal Palace, with the Tractor Boys seeing their bid accepted. A deal to sell both Philogene and his Tigers teammate Jacob Greaves is close to being signed off, which would see City net in the region of £40m plus a significant sell-on fee for the pair.

Meanwhile, former City loan man Noah Ohio has completed a permanent move from Standard Liege to Dutch Eredivisie side FC Utrecht.