Late May brought claims that Rafa Benitez was interested in signing Kamil Grosicki.
The Polish winger arrived at Hull from Rennes for £7m in January and with the Humberside club in a seemingly hopeless position, Kamil Grosicki was one of the new players who almost helped the club get to what had looked an all but impossible safe position.
Able to play on either side of the pitch, the winger went straight into the Hull side only days after signing, starring in a 2-0 win over Liverpool. Grosicki was involved in all 15 final matches for Hull where they picked up 17 points, form which would have seen them safe if carried on over a full season.
The winger also registered five Premier League assists and won the Fans’ PFA Premier League Player of the Month award for April.
Kamil Grosicki starred in his country’s 3-1 World Cup qualifier over Romania on 10 June 2016, this puts Poland six points clear on 16 points in Group E, with only four games left to pay.
Now the media back home in Poland say that Newcastle United have made an approach for the player.
As a slightly unusual source for a transfer story, Przeglad Sportowy report that they have spoken to Manuel Garcia and he confirmed Newcastle United’s interest in signing Kamil Grosicki. Garcia being the long standing agent representing Rafa Benitez.
The initial reports in May claimed that there was a cheaper buyout relegation clause in the winger’s contract but the Polish media carrying the story say that Newcastle would have to pay 11m euros (approx £9.6m) for the player.
Due to playing international football last month, Grosicki has been given extra time off and isn’t due to return to Hull until next Tuesday (11 July) and then begin pre-season training the following day.
However, Przeglad Sportowy say that the player is keen to stay in the Premier League and that Hull are happy to get the winger off their wage bill, if they can get around 11m euros for him.
With close on 50 caps for Poland, his experience could prove invaluable for Newcastle, especially with how he quickly adapted to the Premier League and his versatility in playing on either wing.
Obviously no new faces as yet at St James Park so difficult to judge what kind of players Rafa Benitez will be targeting.
Obviously the challenge is to get the necessary quality but as a promoted team, you are unlikely to get the totally perfect signing in terms of age, experience and so on.
At 29, Kamil Grosicki is clearly a signing that would never have happened before the arrival of Rafa Benitez but is a player of the quality needed, so interesting to see if there is substance to this transfer story and of course, whether Mike Ashley will allow such major outlay on this type of player who won’t be increasing in value.