Lee aims to show Tigers what they missed

JIM Magilton is looking for Alan Lee to show Hull City why he was priced out of their range when the Tigers made repeated bids to sign the striker.Although City got as high as £600,000 they still never matched Town's valuation and in the end Lee signed a new, improved contract at Portman Road.

By Derek Davis

JIM Magilton is looking for Alan Lee to show Hull City why he was priced out of their range when the Tigers made repeated bids to sign the striker.

Although City got as high as £600,000 they still never matched Town's valuation and in the end Lee signed a new, improved contract at Portman Road.

When Lee goes up against Hull tomorrow it will be the first time since Tigers boss Phil Brown made his wish to sign him so public.

Magilton is convinced the saga will spark Lee - not that he needs much motivating anyway.

Magilton said: “I'm sure Alan will use the experience to want to do well at Hull and a fired-up Alan Lee is a dangerous thing.”

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The Blues boss called Hull's bluff at the time by saying he would sell the player if the price was right, and Lee wanted to go, but kept his leading scorer.

Magilton said: “Alan never expressed a desire to leave and in the end the situation resolved itself.

“I'm sure if Hull had met the board's valuation of Alan then the offer would have been accepted but they didn't and I'm delighted they didn't.”

Hull did capture Richard Garcia from Colchester United, a player the Blues were interested in, and Brown has also since added Jay Jay Okocha and Henrik Pederson to his strike-force.

The City manager knows only too well what a menace Lee can be but he is also wary of Pablo Counago and Jon Walters.

Brown said: “Alan Lee is a dangerman without doubt. His partnership with Pablo Counago has started very well and it's something we'll have to be on our guard against.

“I spoke to Iain Dowie last weekend and he told me in no uncertain terms that Ipswich's strike-force is a real danger.

“Alan Lee is a very good striker at this level but it's more about the partnership that he's already formed with Counago.

“We tried to bring Lee here over the summer but that wasn't to be and everyone has moved on.

“We have to make sure that we're at our best to contain them and take our chances when they come our way.”

As Hull were losing 4-0 to Chelsea in the Carling Cup, Magilton, along with Steve Foley was at Upton Park on Wednesday night to run the rule over Kyel Reid once more, but left before the 19-year-old crossed for Dean Ashton to fire in a late winner.

Although Reid, who made his debut on loan for Barnsley against the Blues last season, is one Town have been tracking, Magilton has not yet made a move for the winger.

Magilton is still working at bringing in at least one player but is being frustrated in his efforts.

He said: “We keep getting assurances that as soon as a player becomes available we are first in line but at the moment with Premier League clubs still involved in so many competitions they are reluctant to let their players go out on loan.”

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