BREAKING : Middlesbrough are now leading Luton Town in a race to sign 24 years old denfender

HULL City are reportedly in negotiations with Luton Town about making Ryan Giles’ loan move to the MKM Stadium permanent, with Middlesbrough keeping a watch on developments.

Boro are ready to revive their interest in their former loanee this summer, according to the Northern Echo, although there are other issues complicated the situation.

First, there’s the agreement between Luton and Hull. Giles joined the Hatters from Wolves 12 months ago, following an excellent loan spell at the Riverside. Boro sought to make the deal permanent, but Giles chose Luton – a decision that backfired for the 24-year-old, who only made five Premier League appearances before joining Hull in January.

When the Tigers signed Giles in January, one of several high-profile signings in a bold winter window strategy, the club stated that they had the “option” to make the agreement permanent in the summer.

According to subsequent reports, it was a requirement rather than an option. At this point, the expectation is that Hull will complete the Giles deal. The sum agreed upon in January was reported to be £4 million. If there is an obligation to make the arrangement permanent, it is unclear at this time what the hold-up is, why the clubs are in talks, and what issues are being addressed.

Ryan Giles insists Hull City's January transfer outlay is a help, not a  pressure, in Championship play-off push

So, if Hull sign Giles, why would they allow the full-back to go for a rival? Right now, it’s unclear whether they will. But if there is an obligation to make the deal permanent, that was agreed upon in January, when Liam Rosenior was in charge.

Rosenior earlier expressed his wish to keep Giles, despite the fact that the former Wolves player did not start any of the final six Championship games of the season. However, he has been replaced in the MKM Stadium dugout by Tim Walter, and it is unclear whether or not Giles will play a role in the Germans’ plans.

“In Hamburg when I was there, we scored the most goals of the season, so

“We played very offensive football,” Walter stated during his introduction this week, describing what Hull fans should anticipate next season. “We had a flow rising up from the rear, so no one stood still; it was always play and move. If you stay still, you will die.

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“There are many principles in my game, yet it will be unique and different.

“I’ve seen a lot of Championship games, and I know this league will be challenging, but football is the same anywhere. The league is really competitive, but winning is the same.”

Another Hull element to consider this summer is their struggle to comply with the league’s profit and sustainability criteria.

This week, owner Acun Ilicali stated, “There are FFP limits in place, and all Championship clubs are under a lot of pressure.” They will only allow me to spend £14 million from my own pocket, and I will spend it to the maximum; after that, we will be unable to spend any more. We also provide five different lending choices.

“I won’t promise where we’ll finish, but I will promise that we’ll give our all, and Tim will do the same. Football cannot be predicted, but every position over tenth is a success for us. Success for us is top ten, but our goal is top six, which we will strive for.”

There is, then, the very real possibility that the Tigers will have to accept the need to trade this summer if they’re to get what they want from the window.

Giles was quizzed on his future at the back end of the season and said he would “100 per cent” like to stay at Hull, adding: “It’s a great club. Everyone’s made me feel really, really at home.

“The fans have taken to me really well, which I really appreciate. All these things as a player help you settle in quickly and that was what it was about the day when I walked through the door. You don’t take those things for granted I don’t think, well, I certainly don’t. I certainly remember. It’s been really good, but that’s thanks to the club.” While not doubting that Giles did feel happy and at home at Hull, that interview was done long before news of Boro’s rekindled interest emerged. Giles, it’s understood, would jump at the chance to return to Boro and link-up again with Carrick, for whom he enjoyed the best spell of his career so far.

If a deal was possible this summer, Boro would prefer an initial loan with a view to a permanent down the line. They wouldn’t be willing to pay the £4m Hull will reportedly be forking out.

Although Luton, Giles’ current parent club, suffered relegation from the Premier League and are now preparing for life back in the Championship, the full-back doesn’t have a future at Kenilworth Road.

Boro’s interest in Giles has raised apparent concerns about the futures of Lukas Engel and Alex Bangura. The two arrived last summer, following Boro’s unsuccessful Giles chase. Although Engel improved tremendously after a rocky start, he was still not particularly convincing. Bangura is still regarded as a bright potential, but after an injury-plagued season, it remains unclear whether he is ready for a prominent role. Hayden Coulson, Boro’s other left-back, will be able to leave on a permanent basis this summer.

Boro will prioritise the signings of a midfielder, a striker, and a versatile forward player when the market opens next week, but they will continue to monitor Giles’ status.

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