Summer signing Andrew Robertson is already attracting interest from top English clubs, according to Hull boss Steve Bruce.
The Scottish left-back was one of the Tigers’ multiple additions during the last window, arriving from Dundee United in a deal worth close to £3m.
His impressive performances north of the border have translated to the English game, with Robertson having been in excellent form during his eight top-flight starts.
The 20-year-old has also impressed on the international stage, netting a smart consolation goal against Roy Hodgson’s Three Lions earlier this week.
His showings have led to talk of a new £12m price tag, with bigger clubs beginning to circle the youngster.
And Bruce believes the situation is like the ones he had with Antonio Valencia and Wilson Palacios at Wigan – the pair joined Manchester United and Tottenham respectively – with tentative interest already known to him:
“There has already been one or two with phone calls asking ‘to keep me informed’. That’s always the first stage.” He is quoted by the Sunday People.
“I had it with Palacios when I was at Wigan and then Valencia when he went off to Man Utd. And if this kid keeps performing the way he is then it might become inevitable.
“I spoke to Gordon about him in the summer. He threw him in against Nigeria for his first cap. He took to it like a duck to water, and he has done exactly the same when offered the challenge with us.”