Former Hull City manager Phil Brown has revealed that PSG star striker Edinson Cavani nearly joined him at the KC Stadium whilst he was playing in Italy with Palermo.
The Uruguayan hot-shot finalised his move to PSG last week in a £55m deal, following a summer of interest. Cavani, who represented Uruguay at the Confederations Cup earlier this summer, had been linked to top European clubs all over the world before making the move to France.
But Phil Brown, now managing Southend United in the fourth tier of English football, has cheekily revealed that he nearly signed the striker when he was the manager at Hull City.
He then admitted that he turned his attention to the now Manchester City striker Alvaro Negredo, who was at Real Madrid at the time.
Speaking to the Daily Star, Brown said: "We were in the Premier League and full of ambition under chairman Paul Duffen. My chief scout Bob Shaw and assistant manager Brian Horton went to watch Cavani, who was available at Palermo."
"When it didn't happen, we switched to Negredo, who at the time was at Real Madrid. That was going to be a loan for the season. We were going to pay £12m, plus his wages, then Real were going to buy him back for £13m. But Cavani eventually went to Napoli and Negredo signed for Sevilla."
Brown also conceded that although Hull had big plans at the time, the club were ultimately not big enough to attract these European players.
"Why didn't they come to Hull? The club was not big enough," he added. "In Negredo's case, you were talking about going from Real Madrid to Hull City."
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