Claims that Jacob Greaves could become the first player to move from Hull City to Roma within their new collaboration have been confirmed by the East Yorkshire side’s vice-chairman.
Roma and Hull City have begun working together on aspects such as player development, in a partnership recently explained by Tan Kesler.
Recently, claims arose that Jose Mourinho may have taken a liking to Tigers centre-back Greaves, who has been Hull City’s young player of the year for the past three seasons in a row.
From Cottingham, on the outskirts of Kingston-Upon-Hull, Greaves would become the first Yorkshireman to play for the Giallorossi if Roma were to sign him.
Now, City’s vice-chairman Kesler has explained the state of play with regards to Roma’s interest in the 22-year-old – which could lead to Tiago Pinto securing first refusal on his signing.
Kesler told Hull Live: “They know Jacob Greaves so well which means they are following him. Tiago has said that if everything works out, they will continue to watch him closely because they think he’d fit into their playing style.
“These are the type of collaborations we’ve been looking at. We could see English players going to Roma. We’ve already seen one of our English players going to Roma in Tammy Abraham (and Chris Smalling), he’s already playing there successfully.
“They are following Jacob and we will probably give them the courtesy and if there’s three or four offers on the table, we’ll sit down with them first to try and understand their football project for players like Jacob, or in the future Harry Vaughan.
“If not, we have Will Jarvis coming in from the academy and at least they get to see our best players and we get to see their best talent.”
Despite Kesler’s comments, it must be acknowledged that Roma are already well stocked at centre-back after adding Evan Ndicka to the department this summer and renewing the loan stay of Diego Llorente from another Yorkshire outfit, Leeds United.
Last season’s main starters in the role were Smalling, Gianluca Mancini and Roger Ibanez, with Llorente and Marash Kumbulla (who is now injured) acting as the backups.