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Rumour Mongering: Lazar Markovic To Head To Hull

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Rumors have Sporting Lisbon canceling the winger’s loan and the Reds in talks to send him to the Tigers.

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Silly season is in full swing and with the transfer window roughly a week from closing, it’s only bound to get better. While everyone bemoans Liverpool’s (expected, let’s be real) lack of spending, other wheels might be turning in the background. Including the cancelation of a loan in Portugal.

ESPN reports that erstwhile winger Lazar Markovic is in talks to return to the United Kingdom, as Sporting Lisbon is looking to cancel the loan that sent him their way in the summer after he failed to impress boss Jürgen Klopp. It gets better, though. The only way Liverpool would agree to terminating his loan to Lisbon is if Markovic would agree to being shipped off to Hull City for the rest of the season instead.

Markovic has had a dismal time in Portugal enough as it is, having only appeared 11 times and not having any seen any minutes since December 7th. Some might argue that he could be just the candidate to help out while Sadio Mané is off saving Senegal’s bacon in the AFCON, but with only 34 appearances and 3 goals for Liverpool, he’d have pretty big shoes to fill - not to mention a ticking clock to make any sort of difference.

The Serbian winger joined in the summer of 2014 (remember that, guys?) to the tune of £20 million from Benfica, but spent all of last season in Turkey with Fenerbahce before returning to make his case for Jürgen Klopp. Unfortunately that didn’t turn out too well for him either, and here we are. He could have the skills to make a difference for a lower-mid table team like Hull City and keep them out of the relegation zone, but the move is ultimately up to him. Which makes it even more nerve wracking.