West Ham and Hull are simultaneously plotting daring schemes to rescue Ghanaian superstar Sulley Muntari from his Milan purgatory this summer, with both clubs readying £3m bids.
After a disastrous Serie A campaign, AC have a pre-season shake up planned and the 29-year-old is one of many who will be shown the San Siro exit door.
It is reported in the Mirror that the player is up for a Premier League switch and of the two clubs in the hunt it is Hull who represent his best bet for success.
The Tigers are 7/10 shots to book a place in the FA Cup final at Sheffield United’s expense when they tackle the League One club in the semi-final stage of the competition.
Muntari is likely to seek the two cents of club mate Antonio Nocerino, currently on loan at Upton Park, before making up his mind and the Italian international will no doubt speak of his frustrations of devolving from Kaka’s stand-in at the San Siro only for Sam Allardyce to force him to play the same part, only this time for the vastly inferior Matt Taylor.
Both Nocerino and former Milan man Marco Borriello have found first-team opportunities difficult to come by since their January switches to east London, which is hard to fathom given that the Azzurri pair are technically two of the finest footballers currently on the Hammers’ books.
Such stellar advice may result in Muntari opting against running the risk of becoming another Javier Mascherano, who West Ham inexplicably utilised as Hayden Mullins’ understudy, and must opt for east Yorkshire over east London.
Steve Bruce is an admirer of the lavishly decorated central midfielder, having signed him to a loan deal when in charge of Sunderland and allegedly tried to draft him in during the winter transfer window only to be scuppered by the Rossoneri.
With Jake Livermore’s long-term Humberside future far from assured, game time should not be hard to come by for the former Portsmouth man, who has over a season’s worth of solid top-flight experience in England under his belt so will not require any acclimatisation.