HULL City's owner Acun Ilicali has opened the door for Ryan Giles to join Middlesbrough this summer.

Giles only joined Hull on a permanent deal at the end of last month but that was an obligation that City had agreed to when they signed the full-back on loan from Luton in January.

Boro are keen to bring their former loanee back to the Riverside this summer and Hull are willing to let the 24-year-old depart - though an agreement that suits all parties is still to be reached.

Boro's preference would be an initial loan with a view to a permanent deal, though wouldn't want to match the £4m Hull paid to Luton this summer. Hull are keen to offload the wing-back as they set about rebuilding their squad amid financial fair play pressures. Giles was signed in a bold January push but the Tigers are having to rethink their approach this summer.


Giles is understood to be keen on reuniting with Michael Carrick at the Riverside having impressed enormously during his loan spell at Boro in the the 2022/23 season.

And Hull chief Ilicali has now told Hull Live: "About Giles, if he wants to go to Middlesbrough, we will let him go. For me, players' happiness is the most important thing.

"As you saw last year, so many big names came to us in the Championship, like Fabio Carvalho and Tyler Morton from the big clubs, so we will bring in new boys. I'm sure we will be in a good place with my team."