Hull reportedly lining up a deal for former Fulham defensive stalwart

Brede Hangeland

Steve Bruce is preparing a swoop for free-agent Brede Hangeland, claim reports.

According to the Daily Mail, Hull City are considering a move for former Fulham captain Brede Hangeland. The 33-year-old is a free agent following his release from the London outfit at the end of last season.

The experienced Norwegian made 267 appearances for the Cottagers, having arrived in 2007. However, towards the closing stages of the previous campaign, during the club’s unsuccessful fight to avoid relegation, he was unable to maintain the faith of his team-mates, resulting in his eventual departure.

Bruce regularly opted for a three-man central defence last season, favouring a 3-5-2 formation over the more conventional 4-4-2. Consequently, James Chester, Alex Bruce and Curtis Davies played starring roles as the Tigers achieved a 16th placed league finish and an FA Cup runners-up medal.

If Hull persist with a similar set-up this term, Hangeland would slot in nicely alongside Chester and Davies, forcing the less convincing Bruce to spectate with his dad from the side-lines.

The imposing centre-back would be an astute addition to Steve Bruce’s side. His aerial ability and leadership qualities are all welcome attributes for a defender, whilst his top flight experience, especially when it comes to beating the drop, will be invaluable.

  TeamPosTackle Succ (%)Aerial Succ (%)Pass Succ (%)Effective Clear / appsIntercep Won / appsBlock / appsmins / Defensive Error AppsMins
Brede Hangeland Fulham DF 83.33 67.86 82.40 7.96 1.61 0.70 953.00 23 1,906
Curtis Davies Hull DF 76.71 64.04 78.93 8.78 2.81 0.86 3,326.00 37 3,326
James Chester Hull DF 69.77 50.55 80.76 4.38 1.96 0.88 1,868.00 24 1,868
Alex Bruce Hull DF 63.64 55.26 78.91 5.50 1.30 0.85 0 20 1,594

Last season’s statistics highlight the impact Hangeland could have upon arrival at the KC Stadium. The Norwegian would provide a significant upgrade in terms of his passing, tackling and ability in the air. He is, however, more susceptible to errors and completes fewer blocks than any current Hull first-team defender.

After completing deals for Harry Maguire and Andy Robertson on Tuesday, Hangeland would become Hull’s third defensive addition of the summer window.

However, the Tigers could face competition for the 33-year-old’s signature, with West Ham United and Stoke City also showing an interest in acquiring his services.

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