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Bringing former Man United striker to Hull would be a mistake

| 28.01.2015

It seems that Hull’s striker crisis has frazzled Steve Bruce’s brain. With Nikica Jelavic and Abel Hernandez both suffering from injuries, the Tigers boss is thought to be sending an SOS call to a striker once dubbed one of the worst in Premier League history by the Daily Mail.

Admittedly, Diego Forlan was only ranked 30th in the paper’s rundown of the worst 50 frontmen the top flight has ever seen, but as the Uruguyan approaches his 36th birthday there is reason to wonder what the former Manchester United man has left to offer.

Currently plying his trade in Japan’s J League, Forlan’s contract with Cerezo Osaka is due to expire this summer, but he is reportedly available on loan until the end of the season.

According to the Sun, three Premier League sides are interested in exploring such a possibility and Hull’s shortage up front makes them a likely candidate.

As we’ve already indicated, the 6/4 relegation candidates are loathe to chase a big-money move this January in order to avoid financial difficulties should they fail in their survival bid.

With loan moves the preferred route for the Humbersiders it’s easy to see why Forlan’s sudden availability would be of interest, although how effective the 112-cap veteran will be after notching just seven times in 26 games for the J Leaguers is a genuine concern.

In truth, Forlan hasn’t been reliable in front of the onion bag since he left a fruitful spell at Atletico Madrid in 2011.

Two goals in 18 for Inter was followed with 10 in 34 at Brazilian side Internacional before the former Red Devil departed for Japan, showing that the powers Forlan once had as a goal-every-other-game man in Spain are long gone.

Hull should steer well clear.

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Matt Wiggins

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