Hull City want to sign United loanee Di'Shon Bernard on a permanent deal
Championship side Hull City want to sign Manchester United loanee Di’Shon Bernard on a permanent deal in the summer, HullLive report.
The centre-back has already made 25 appearances for the Tigers this campaign during his season-long loan at the club.
Despite seeing his former manager Grant McCann get sacked following Hull’s takeover last month, the 21-year-old has already impressed the new Tigers owner Acun Ilicali.
After starting both of Shota Arveladze’s first two games in charge of the club, it’s clear that the former Rangers striker rates the Manchester United academy graduate highly.
According to HullLive, Ilicali is investigating the possibility of convincing Bernard to remain at the club for the long-term.
Bernard has become a regular fixture in the City side, making 24 starts this season and he has performed well, which has led to fans wanting his loan move made permanent, and Ilicali wants him to stay at the club, according to HullLive.
The centre-halve, who United signed from Chelsea’s youth team in July 2017, has a contract with the Red Devils until June 2024.
Bernard has one senior Manchester United appearance to his name and that came in November 2019, in the Europa League tie in Astana where Ole Gunnar Solskjaer handed out a number of senior debuts to the club’s academy stars.
Playing alongside Axel Tuanzebe at the heart of United’s defence in Kazakhstan, Bernard unfortunately scored a decisive own goal which meant the young Reds lost 2-1.
Last summer, he featured in United’s first two pre-season games before making the loan switch to the Tigers.
Bernard’s immediate focus will no doubt be proving his fitness ahead of tomorrow night’s clash against Wayne Rooney’s Derby County.
The United youngster came off with a knock, early in the second half, in Saturday’s 1-0 defeat against Preston North End at the MKM Stadium.
However, Arveladze said the substitution was more precautionary than anything else, and with an eye on the hectic schedule this month with seven games in 22 days, the Hull boss didn’t want to take any unnecessary risks.
“He took some hard kicks on his legs, so I gave him the chance to rest but hopefully he’s fine (for Tuesday),” the Georgian said of Bernard.
Hull’s desire to sign Bernard on a permanent deal highlights how well he has performed in his first season in the Championship.
It’s hard to see Di’Shon Bernard finding a route into the Manchester United first-team, so a permanent deal could well be sanctioned, with a buy back clause and a sell-on fee potentially included in the deal.
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