Football round-up Liam Delap's speed attracts Hull City, new contracts for Championship pair, Sheffield United look to Sweden for first signing and more

Liam Rosenior says Liam Delap's speed and aggression make him a perfect fit for Hull City.

The Tigers fought off competition from home and abroad to make the 20-year-old striker their first summer signing, on a season-long loan.

Delap scored only four Championship goals on loan at Stoke City and Preston North End last term but should be better for the experience. The interest in him suggest others in the game see it that way too.

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Hull did not get as much as they would have wanted out of injury-hit centre-forwards Oscar Estupinan and Benjamin Tetteh in 2022-23.

BIG FAN: Hull City coach Liam Rosenior has long been tracking Liam DelapBIG FAN: Hull City coach Liam Rosenior has long been tracking Liam Delap
BIG FAN: Hull City coach Liam Rosenior has long been tracking Liam Delap

“Liam completely fits into the way we play,” commented Rosenior. “He’s got outstanding physical attributes and is a great finisher. He’s got freak(ish) speed, is aggressive and can run in behind, which is one of the areas we wanted to address.”

Hull have also shown an interest in loaning ex-Everton left-back Ruben Vinagre from Sporting Lisbon. Reports in Portugal suggest the loan will have the option of a £13m permanent move as City work around financial fair play restrictions.

"I would like to spend two times what I can," admitted owner Acun Ilicali. "We are only allowed a budget of £17m minus per year, we are spending up to the limits."

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Rotherham United defender Grant Hall says he is ready to show fans the best of him after signing a new deal with the club.

NEW CONTRACT: Sheffield Wednesday wing-back Marvin JohnsonNEW CONTRACT: Sheffield Wednesday wing-back Marvin Johnson
NEW CONTRACT: Sheffield Wednesday wing-back Marvin Johnson

The 31-year-old was plagued by hamstring injuries in 2022-23, but follows Tyler Blackett, Sean Morrison and Lee Pelter in agreeing a new contract.

"I feel fully fit and raring to go," he said. "I really want to have a full pre-season. I don’t think Rotherham fans have seen the very best of me. There’s a lot more to come."

Steven Gerrard is said to be reconsidering joining Al-Ettifaq as manager having been linked to the vacant Sheffield Wednesday job.

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The lack of a manager has not stopped Reece James making his loan from Blackpool permanent, or Marvin Johnson’s new contract.

“I’ve spent the last two years here and loved it," said Johnson. “It’s good to have the core of the squad still here from last season and gives us something to build off."

Sheffield United are reportedly trying to agree a £5m deal for BK Hacken striker Benie Traore. Sporting director Martin Ericsson said recently Hecken are open to offers to break their £3.5m transfer record.

The Blades are yet to make a signing back in the Premier League.

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DC United manager Wayne Rooney has cast doubt on whether he can keep former Huddersfield Town and Bradford City midfielder Lewis O'Brien beyond his current loan amidst interest from the Blades, who were unable to sign him in January because of a transfer embargo.

"It's not in our hands," he said. "We're trying everything we can."

West Ham United are said to be interested in Leeds United's £40m-rated midfielder Tyler Adams as a replacement for Declan Rice.

Huddersfield have been linked with Wigan Athletic’s Callum Lang, who has two years on his contract but may be able to rip it up having repeatedly not been paid on time.

Managerless Barnsley beat Worksop Town 2-1 on Saturday.

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