Haji Wright’s successful loan spell in Turkey has not only helped the American forward on the field but has reportedly attracted two new clubs for his services this summer.
Italian Serie A side Spezia and English Football League Championship club Hull City have joined the race for Wright this summer, multiple outlets reported. Robert Platek, part owner of Spezia, is also involved in the ownership of Wright’s current club Sonderjyske.
Spezia was also reportedly interested in Wright in May 2021 before the forward was loaned to Antalayspor during the start of the 2021-22 Super Lig season.
Hull City vice chairman Tan Kesler also confirmed his club’s interest in Wright this summer, in an interview with BBC Sport. Kesler added that the Tigers and Sonderjyske have agreed to a transfer fee for Wright, but are still working on personal terms of his contract.
“So many clubs are chasing him at the moment,” Kesler said of Wright. “We agreed on the transfer fee part of it, they confirmed officially a couple of days ago, so we are kind of managing the player’s personal terms, and as you can imagine, I wanted not to make any comments until [club owner] Acun [Ilıcalı] made comments because a lot of clubs are chasing him – Champions League-level clubs.
“But he said to us that he believes in our project, and he doesn’t want to go to a place where he doesn’t play or as an alternative striker,” Kesler added.
Wright has also been linked with Super Lig champions Trabzonspor after impressing in Turkey last season. The 24-year-old scored 14 goals and added two assists in 31 league appearances for Antalyaspor, helping the club finish seventh in league play.
His strong loan spell in Turkey helped Wright earn his U.S. men’s national team debut in June in a 3-0 friendly win over Morocco. Wright scored the third goal in that match and went on to appear in additional matches against Uruguay and El Salvador.
Both Spezia and Hull City fought off relegation in their respective leagues last season with Spezia finished 16th in Serie A and Hull City finishing 19th in the EFL Championship.