Transfer news

Mannone still hopeful over Hull switch

May 26, 2012
By ESPN staff

Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone is not giving up hope of a transfer to Hull City, despite the sacking of Nick Barmby.

Vito Mannone Hull City
PA PhotosVito Mannone emerged as Hull City's No. 1 while on loan from Arsenal

Mannone has fallen out of the first-team picture with the Gunners this season and was sent on loan to Hull on two separate occasions.

He emerged as the Tigers' No. 1 towards the end of the campaign under Barmby, leading to speculation a permanent move would materialise over the summer.

Although Barmby's dismissal has muddied the waters, Mannone is still keen on a switch to the KC Stadium.

"There was obviously more chance of me moving to Hull with Nick as manager but my agent is keeping in touch with the club," Mannone told the Hull Daily Mail.

"I have made it clear how much I have enjoyed my time with Hull. I love the fans and I love the club because they have given me such a great opportunity to play regular football.

"I feel as though I have been playing well this season and it would be a very good club to join but I still have a contract with Arsenal. It will be their decision too."