Hull City boss Marco Silva admits he’s encountered a few problems with his current squad that require urgent attention.
Inter Milan have agreed to loan 28-year-old central defender Andrea Ranocchia to The Tigers until the end of the season, but Silva is hoping to add more new faces.
With recent departures – Robert Snodgrass joining West Ham United for £10m, Jake Livermore moving to West Brom for £10m – and also Ryan Mason’s absence through injury, has meant a frantic deadline day is in-store at the KCOM Stadium.
“We have some more problems to solve in our squad and we will try to do our best today,” Silva said.
Another £10m target is Hull’s Andrew Robertson to Premier League rivals Burnley, but Silva confirms he isn’t going anywhere.
“Andy Robertson is not leaving, he is our player. He is important for us and he is preparing to play tomorrow night.”
The Tigers are reported to have made a bid for former Manchester United winger Nani – the 29-year-old joined La Liga giants Valencia FC only last summer.
Ranocchia’s timely arrival means he joins Marco Silva’s squad for a visit to Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United on Wednesday February 1 – the Italian will wear the No 13 shirt.
Marco Silva believes Ranocchia – who has made nine appearances for Inter Milan this season, picking up four yellow cards and one red card, is a solid addition to his defence.
“Andrea has come here to improve our squad and is ready to play. He’s an international quality player with great experience,” the Hull boss said.
Silva adds that last week’s 2-1 win over Manchester United in the EFL Cup – a win that ended United’s 17-game unbeaten run, has given him belief that getting a result is certainly possible.
“I have confidence going to Manchester United tomorrow night. It is a big game for us.”
“We won at home in the cup, but it is important that it goes well for us at Old Trafford. I have confidence in our players.”