Fraizer Campbell keen on Hull City talks: Sunderland striker 'would have big impact' on promotion push
FRAIZER Campbell would be happy to make a return to Hull City and help a second push for the Premier League – if Sunderland agree to let him go.
Campbell’s father Keith, who looks after all deals for his 25-year-old son, has told the Mail the Tigers interest is something he is ‘definitely interested’ in.
The Black Cats striker has been monitoring City’s progress closely this season, talking regularly about their prospects with Sunderland team-mate David Meyler – who is set to seal a £1.5m permanent deal at the KC himself this week.
Now, the Campbells are awaiting clarification from Sunderland over his future – and then possible talks with the Tigers.
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“Fraizer is aware of what Steve Bruce has said about being interested in signing him and he would definitely be interested in coming back to Hull,” Mr Campbell told the Mail.
“He is very impressed with the way they play and feels he would fit. He is also a big fan of Steve Bruce.
“The problem is it is difficult at present, as there has not been any approach as of yet that Sunderland have told us about.
“Martin O’Neill has not given any indication as to what may be going on, and he will be the key to whatever happens this month.
“He hasn’t been playing Fraizer as much as we would like, and he brought in Steven Fletcher, but he’s not saying anything about letting him go either. We will have to see what happens.”
Tigers boss Bruce has made no secret of the fact he is desperate to add more fire power to his frontline during this month’s transfer window, and that Campbell is his top target.
He negotiated the deal with Campbell’s father in 2009 that saw Sunderland snare the striker from under the Tigers’ noses, in a deal worth £6m.
Campbell’s father says he has a good relationship with Bruce, and adds that should City be allowed to open talks, dropping down a division should not be a problem given City’s current prospects of promotion back to the Premier League.
“We hear there may be interest from another club also, but Fraizer would not be too concerned about dropping into the Championship with Hull because we would be confident he would have a big impact on their promotion push,” he said.
“When he joined Hull before they were just above the relegation places, and his goals helped them to promotion.
“Now, he is a far better player, and he would be confident that he would have a big impact on Hull’s team, especially given how they are playing.
“Fraizer is out of contract in the summer, so that is a factor that will come into play, but for now it’s something that lies at Martin O’Neill’s door.”
Campbell secured himself hero status when inspiring City to promotion through the Championship play-offs when on loan in 2007-08, scoring 15 goals in 34
His career at the Stadium of Light has been hampered by two long-term cruciate knee ligament injuries, but despite this he earned his first full England call-up last February, under interim manager Stuart Pearce.
He has been limited to appearances off the bench this season, but recently scored his first goal in 10 months in the 3-1 loss to Manchester United.