Hull City transfer news: Tigers bide time over striker pursuit

Manager Steve Bruce has revealed he is willing to wait to snap up his top targets, with Shane Long on his list, while Jack Hobbs is closing in on a move.

Here's all the latest Hull fans need to know...

Bruce willing to wait for top striker target:

Tigers manager Steve Bruce is widely known to be in the market for a striker and has revealed he will bide his time when it comes to buying a striker in the January transfer window.

Bruce took the unusual step of apologising to West Bromwich Albion yesterday after media reports suggested long-standing target Shane Long was on the verge of a move to the KC Stadium.

These claims were refuted by Bruce, who came extremely close to snaring the Republic of Ireland hitman on deadline day during the summer and is weighing up a renewed move in the next few weeks.

Bruce is also looking at Celtic's Georgios Samaras and Sunderland's unsettled striker Steven Fletcher as he looks to bolster his ranks, with Max Gradel also reportedly in his sights.

Hobbs closing in on Forest move:

Defender Jack Hobbs is supposedly on the brink of a switch to Nottingham Forest after Bruce and Billy Davies held talks to reach a financial settlement and convert his season-long loan into a permanent transfer.

Hobbs himself is keen on the move having played a key role in Forest's charge for promotion and a resolution is likely to be found in the coming days for a fee of around £600,000 despite interest from Wigan Athletic.

Other news:

Bruce has allowed Cameron Stewart to move to Leeds on a 93-day emergency loan move, but the winger will join the west Yorkshire outfit permanently in the summer on a three-year deal.

While the Tigers will not receive a fee up front, several clauses in Stewart's contract, including a promotion fee and percentage of any future moves, ensure some form of financial recompense.

Hull have also allowed Conor Townsend to join Carlisle United on loan until the end of the season.

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