Super Eagles defender Ola Aina’s Championship club Hull City are reportedly interested in England-born Nigerian winger Hakeeb Adelakun who currently plays for third-tier League One side Scunthorpe.
According to Hull Daily, Hull, along with Sunderland, Crystal Palace and Barnsley, are looking at the 21-year-old winger in a £1m swoop in the January transfer window.
And Scunthorpe boss Graham Alexander said he will not stand in Adelakun’s way should he decide he wants to depart Glanford Park.
“The situation with Haks is that I know as much as you guys, I read it yesterday in some of the media,” Alexander said.
“I’ve not heard anything official or from our club so it’s speculation. At this time of the year the agents get to work and put stories out there.
“I’m not saying it’s unfounded – there may be interest but it’s not come our way. I’d expect interest in our good players and especially our young players, Hakeem comes into both of those categories.
“We’ve been talking to Hakeeb about a new deal. I don’t know what stage that is at. He’s been exceptional and we’ve been speaking for a while.
“We know of his qualities, we’ve always been aware of those, but every player has a right to decide his own destiny.”
Adelakun has made 21 appearances for Scunthorpe, scoring three goals so far this season.
He played his youth football with Crystal Palace and West Ham United, before joining Scunthorpe United, where he made his professional debut as a 72nd-minute substitute on 29 December 2012 in a 1–0 defeat against Tranmere Rovers at Prenton Park .
Scunthorpe are currently fourth on 45 points in the 24-team League One table