Paris Saint-Germain's latest signing Edinson Cavani almost joined Hull City four years ago for a fraction of his £54 million price tag, the former Tigers manager Phil Brown has revealed.
The then Premier League side approached Palermo with a £2.5 million bid for the Uruguayan striker in 2009 but Cavani chose Napoli, where he scored 103 goals in 138 appearances before leaving this summer.
His impressive performances also provoked alleged interest from Chelsea, Manchester City and Real Madrid over the past year, whilst Brown says the 26-year-old could have joined Hull at a remarkably earlier juncture.
"We were in the Premier League and full of ambition under chairman Paul Duffen," he told the Daily Star Sunday, as well as declaring that the club approached Manchester City new-boy Alvaro Negredo to boot.
"My chief scout Bob Shaw and assistant manager Brian Horton went to watch Cavani, who was available at Palermo.
"They recommended him and we offered £2.5m. I remember the negotiations and it was a deal with a number of clauses in the contract.
"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.
"Why didn't they come to Hull? The club was not big enough. In Negredo's case, you were talking about going from Real Madrid to Hull City.
"But the important thing was that we were ahead of the game in terms of spotting these players. That's where we were at at Hull City."
Ultimately falling short of any recruitments to contest either Cavani or Negredo, Hull were relegated from the top tier of English football in 2009/10 and Phil Brown was sacked in March of the following season.
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