SEÁN McLoughlin is set to leave Cork City, with a move to Hull City likely to be announced before the end of this week.
The 22-year-old defender has been the subject of attention from English clubs since he broke into the City side during the 2018 season.
With his contract set to expire at the end of the current campaign, the Rebel Army have accepted as they would only be entitled to compensation for the player’s development if he joined as a free agent.
Portsmouth and Preston North End had also shown an interest but Hull boss Grant McCann had previously wanted to bring McLoughlin to Doncaster Rovers and he is believed to have won the battle. The Tigers begin their Championship campaign away to Swansea City on August 3.
The Yorkshire club don’t currently have any Irish players in their squad, with former City man David Meyler having left for Reading in 2018. City previously sold Brian Lenihan to Hull in 2014.
McLoughlin would join Graham Cummins, Garry Comerford, John Kavanagh, Darragh Rainsford, James Tilley, Shane Daly-Bütz, Matthew Gillam and Dan Smith in leaving City in recent weeks.
Joel Coustrain and Mark O’Sullivan have been added to the squad while head coach John Cotter is keen to add one or two more before the end of the transfer window.