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Chelsea defender Tomas Kalas is the subject of a planned summer swoop by Hull City, who are looking to bolster their defence following relegation to the Championship, say The London Evening Standard.

The Standard claim that Harry Maguire will leave the Tigers and that new manager Leonid Slutsky is seeking to add numbers to his defence. Slutsky, who is a close friend of Roman Abramovich, is well clued-up on the Blues’ squad and intends to take advantage of his relationship with Chelsea owner.

Kalas, who has been on Chelsea’s books since 2010, has spent time on-loan at Vitesse Arnhem, Middlesborough and Fulham, amongst others. The 24-year-old spent last season in West London with Fulham, who, according to the Standard, would have been able to activate a clause in his contract to keep him there permanently, had they been promoted. A playoff semi-final defeat against Reading, however, scuppered that. Although, Slavisa Jokanovic’s side could still bring the centre-half back.

Kalas’ contract at Chelsea runs out following the upcoming season and the club risk losing him on a free if they do not choose to sell him this summer. This, The Standard claim, could lead to Chelsea cashing in on the Czech Republic international, with Hull and surely other clubs eyeing a move.

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