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Hull City transfer news: Tigers on the verge of striker swoops

Steve Bruce admitted his side are close to sealing a deal for Nikica Jelavic after agreeing a fee with Everton and Shane Long could also be on his way.

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

Jelavic deal on verge of completion, Long closing in on move:

Hull are reportedly on the cusp of making their first January signings, with a fee of around £6.5m believed to have been agreed with Everton for the services of Nikica Jelavic, while a deal for West Bromwich Albion forward Shane Long is also in the pipeline.

Steve Bruce more or less confirmed suggestions his side were in the hunt for the Croat striker after the 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday and had hoped to conclude that particular piece of business over the weekend but there are not expected to be any hitches to a deal which will see the former Rangers striker switch to Humberside.

A deal for Long is not quite as straightforward but both the Tigers and West Brom expect something to happen in the coming days, with the Irishman keen on the move and a potentially fresh start.

A move for Long broke down on deadline day in the summer and Bruce is desperate to avoid history repeating itself twice by wrapping up a deal as soon as possible. 

The arrival of Pepe Mel as the Baggies' new man at the helm has complicated matters and served to delay the deal but, despite still having to thrash out personal terms, Bruce and Hull are confident of securing both for a combined fee of £13m - £6.5m apiece - and for the duo to be in contention for Saturday's trip to Norwich City.

Hobbs switch to Forest set to go through?:

Jack Hobbs' protracted transfer to Nottingham Forest may finally be about to come to a conclusion, after Forest owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi took to social media to announce that his side had secured the signing.

Writing on his personal Twitter account, owner Fawaz Al-Hasawi said: “I am delighted to announce that I have just agreed a deal with Hull City’s chairman for Jack Hobbs.”

Hobbs joined the east Midlands club on a season-long loan with a view to a permanent switch, but that had to be accelerated due to increasing interest from Wigan Athletic and Reading respectively, who are both understood to have tabled bids for the central defender.

While there has been no confirmation on the Tigers' end just yet, Bruce and Forest boss Billy Davies have been in discussions for days in an effort to reach an agreement.

Other news:

There has been precious little else of note at the KC in recent times, with most of the fans hoping they will get at least one of the two big striker signings in the bag.

But with added competition, comes a lack of first-team places for others and Aaron McLean may well seek pastures new with a switch to Bradford City, who last week sold Nakhi Wells to Huddersfield.

Roberto Koren, who has been in and out of the Tigers' starting XI all season, has also been linked with a move away from the club, with Chievo Verona believed to be one of his suitors.

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