Jordan Flores's permanent departure gives Hull City wriggle room to target Matt Smith, Tom Huddlestone or Regan Slater

Jordan Flores's loan to Northampton Town has been made into a permanent deal, making space in the Hull City squad to sign Matt Smith, Tom Huddlestone or Regan Slater.

What had been a season-long loan until the end of his contract has turned into a permanent move after the midfielder failed to impress in East Yorkshire.

He joined in January on the back of some impressive performances in the Europa League but only made four substitute appearances.

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What might appear a technicality is significant because of Hull's transfer embargo, which only allows them to sign free transfers and loanees until they have 25 senior players. Hull hit that mark without realising that Flores and Callum Jones counted towards it despite being on loan.

DEPARTURE: Jordan Flores

But coach Grant McCann still wants to add to the squad.

Former Hull and England midfielder Huddlestone has been training with the squad since being released by Derby County and has played and scored for them in pre-season.

But the most likely arrival would appear to be Manchester City youngster Smith who was in Wales's squad at the European Championship after an impressive season on loan at Doncaster Rovers.