Leeds United: Hull City leading chase for free agent Kilkenny

Neil Kilkenny in match action.
Neil Kilkenny in match action.
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Neil Kilkenny’s agent has confirmed that Hull City are among the clubs vying to signing the Leeds United midfielder.

The Tigers have expressed a strong interest in the Australian international, who will leave Elland Road when his contract expires at the turn of the month.

Kilkenny is days away from the end of the three-and-a-half year deal he agreed with Leeds in January 2008, and a final effort by United to agree an extension with him came to nothing shortly after the end of last season.

The 25-year-old is available on a free transfer and Nigel Pearson is poised to take advantage of his status by taking him to the KC Stadium.

Doncaster Rovers manager Sean O’Driscoll is a long-term admirer of Kilkenny and another potentially interested party.

Kilkenny’s representative, Pete Smith, is aiming to resolve the midfielder’s next move in the coming week, saying: “Neil wants to get his future sorted quickly and we’re in the process of talking to clubs now.

“Hull are a club that would appeal to Neil. They’re a big club that’s been in the Premier League. They’ve touched it and felt it and that’s where they want to be again.”

Kilkenny’s exit from Elland Road and Bradley Johnson’s impending free transfer to Norwich City have left manager Simon Grayson chasing new central midfielders this summer.

Sheffield United’s Nick Montgomery is on Leeds’ radar but Blackpool are likely to fend off any fresh approach for Keith Southern, a player who United targeted during the January transfer window.

Blackpool’s midfield ranks have been diminished by the recent loss of David Vaughan, while Scottish international Charlie Adam is expected to leave Bloomfield Road this summer.

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