According to Hull Live, Hull City are closing in on a season-long loan deal for Salah-Eddine Oulad M’Hand and will have an option to buy the Dutchman next summer.
The highly-rated 18-year-old attacking midfielder made the first team bench on nine occasions and was a regular for the under-23s last season scoring six goals and making three assists in 21 appearances.
While he’s yet to make his competitive debut at senior level, he did play 22 minutes in Arsenal’s first pre-season match of the summer against Nurnberg.
Salah joined the Gunners as a free agent two years ago having previously been on the books at Feyenoord.
While it’s something of a surprise to learn that the Tigers, who play in the Championship, could buy Salah outright next summer, it’s clear his pathway to regular first team minutes is blocked by talent at his age level – Charlie Patino and Miguel Azeez to name but two candidates – as well big money signings like Fabio Vieira and Martin Odegaard.
We don’t know the terms of the option to buy but we’re assuming Arsenal will insert a sell-on clause – as we’ve done with some other youngsters – in case he comes good further down the line.