HULL CITY’S summer exodus has continued with the departure of Seb Larsson ahead of the Sweden international heading to Russia today for the World Cup.
The 33-year-old has signed a two-and-a-half year deal with Stockholm-based club AIK, dashing manager Nigel Adkins’s hopes of persuading the midfielder to stay in the Championship.
Larsson, who will formally complete the move when his contract at the KCOM Stadium expires at the end of this month, joins Allan McGregor, David Meyler, Michael Dawson and Abel Hernandez in leaving Hull since the end of last season.
He made 40 appearances for the Tigers and captained the side on what proved to be his last outing, the 1-1 draw at Brentford that brought the curtain down on a pretty miserable 2017-18 campaign for the club.
Better news for Hull, however, comes with Nottingham Forest defender Eric Lichaj understood to be edging closer to completing his switch to the East Riding.
The 29-year-old USA international is wanted by Adkins and sources in the East Midlands suggest a deal could be completed this week.
Forest want £400,000 for the former Leeds United loanee, who has 12 months remaining on his City Ground contract. Personal terms on a three-year deal are understood to have been agreed.
Hull’s defensive resources are horribly bare with less than a fortnight remaining to the start of pre-season training.
Dawson’s departure for Forest, the return of loanees Ola Aina, Fikayo Tomori and Kevin Hector to Chelsea and injuries to Ondrej Mazuch and Angus MacDonald mean Adkins needs serious reinforcements to a back line that could also lose Max Clark and Moses Odubajo due to the pair’s futures being uncertain.
Elsewhere in the Championship, Leeds United’s players have been warned there could be an early start to pre-season training as talks continue with Marcelo Bielsa over succeeding Paul Heckingbottom.
The 62-year-old is still in South America after spending the last few days reviewing the terms of the proposed deal.
Matias Almeyda, a former coach and Argentina international, and an unnamed British coach have also been considered by Leeds.
Last season, Bielsa had his Lille players in from June 19 for pre-season. United’s squad had been originally told to report back to Thorp Arch on the final Monday in June.