Acun Ilıcalı confirms Hull City takeover interest as media mogul reveals his plans for Tigers



Turkish businessman Acun Ilıcalı has confirmed his interest in buying Hull City.

The television mogul had reportedly been eyeing up a bid for the Tigers in recent weeks having held discussions with current owners the Allam family and was understood to be keen to come to the city and view the club’s MKM Stadium and Cottingham training complex.

Reports of Ilıcalı’s apparent interest had not been confirmed until now with the Turk revealing in a media interview his intention to do a deal for the Championship club, which has been up for sale for a lengthy period of time following growing unrest from supporters towards the current ownership.

“I’m thinking of buying Hull City club in England. The other side trusts us. If God permits, my dream will come true,” he told News Global, before going on to suggest he would like to see a Turkish influence throughout the east Yorkshire club.

“I want to fly the flag of our country in England with the success of Hull City.

“I hope that Hull City will consist of Turkish people, from its coach to certain football players in the future.

“My goal is to create a team that makes a sound in the world.”

It is thought that the Allam family have lowered their expectations when it comes to selling City, with the asking price lower than the last time the Tigers were a Championship side.

Speaking about the growing interest in the club, vice-chairman Ehab Allam said back in June: “The same as I’ve always said, we have interested parties, I would say more so now because of the promotion and also finishing top (of League One).

“For me, it is business as usual as I’ve always said until there is somebody serious and there’s an offer on the table which is acceptable, it’s business as usual.”





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