Hull boss Bruce
Hull City boss Steve Bruce has been dealt a blow with the Tigers board limiting him to free transfers only, the Sun reports (Friday edition, page 54).
It is claimed the newly-promoted side do not want to fork out for fee-paying transfers amid uncertainty over a proposed takeover at the KC Stadium.
The news comes a day after centre-back Michael Dawson became the seventh Hull star to be sidelined through injury, leaving Bruce, who is yet to make any new signings, with a player shortage ahead of their season opener at home to Premier League champions Leicester City.
Dawson gets sprayed after Hull's play-off victory against Sheffield Wednesday
The 55-year-old also appears to have been snubbed by the Football Association in favour of Sam Allardyce, despite also holding talks over the vacant England manager's job.
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The Sun this week linked Bruce with a reunion with the Irishman he signed for Sunderland five years ago, with a £2 million fee mooted.
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And the Tigers had also been tipped to make a £5 million move for West Brom winger Callum McManaman, who is a reported target for the Owls (also Sun).