Related

Article

Brown: Hull City almost signed Cavani

21 July 2013 17:46

Former Hull City boss Phil Brown has revealed that the club almost signed Paris Saint-Germain newcomer Edinson Cavani during his reign.

The prolific Uruguayan completed a €64million move to the French capital earlier this week, with his 104 goals in 138 appearances for Napoli having earned him a big-money switch.

Cavani was widely reported to have been a long-term target of Chelsea prior to joining PSG, but Brown has explained that he had planned to bring the 26-year-old to England years earlier.

The 54-year-old led Hull to the Premier League before overseeing a two-year stay in the English top flight, and had hoped to cement that status with the help of Cavani and recent Manchester City recruit Alvaro Negredo.

"We were in the Premier League and full of ambition under chairman Paul Duffen," he told the Daily Star Sunday. "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."

Brown, who is now in charge at Southend, helped Hull secure their place in the Premier League courtesy of victory in the 2007-08 Championship play-off final.

His time in charge was brought to an end two and a half seasons later, however, after Hull were relegated and endured a poor start to life back in the second tier.

Sponsored links

Wednesday 1 October

Tuesday 30 September

23:57
23:56
23:51
23:49
23:45
23:43
23:34
23:15
23:15
23:04
23:00
22:59
22:51
22:44
22:40
22:39
22:38
22:38
21:36
21:25
21:02
20:54
20:32
19:57
19:50
19:49
19:46
19:37
19:14
19:10
19:04
17:22
16:58
16:41
16:26
16:18
15:00
14:35
14:24
13:45
13:17
12:05
11:00
10:43
09:51
09:46
07:59
07:30
06:30
05:45
04:39
04:28
03:45
03:13
02:37
02:22
01:31
01:14
00:40

Monday 29 September

23:48
23:45
23:26
22:57
22:27
22:15
21:48
21:36
21:27
20:40
20:27
19:36
19:19
18:21
17:52
17:32
17:24
17:06
17:02
16:57
16:40
16:18
15:53
15:10
14:48
14:40
14:22
14:21
13:47
13:32
12:58
12:47
12:12
11:58
11:27
10:53
10:43
10:17
10:04
09:45
09:14
08:24
07:04
06:30
06:04
05:40
05:00
04:50
04:14
04:12
04:10
04:03
03:08
03:03
02:39
02:24
01:39
01:32
01:28
00:43
00:00

Facebook