David Meyler deal done, and Robbie Brady's next: Hull City agree Sunderland fee and will open talks with Manchester United
HULL City boss Steve Bruce will look to conclude a £1.5m move for on-loan midfielder David Meyler today before opening talks with Manchester United over an extended deal for Robbie Brady.
The January transfer window has seen Bruce keen to act quickly and the first piece of his jigsaw should fall into place with a permanent swoop for Meyler.
With Sunderland accepting City's bid – one Bruce described as a "good sum of money" after a 0-0 draw at Blackpool yesterday – talks over a reported three-and-a-half-year contract were not expected to encounter problems today.
The move for Meyler begins the Tigers' January business with a bang and Bruce will look to continue trading by retaining another of his loan stars in Brady.
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The rookie's existing deal was due to expire after yesterday's stalemate at Bloomfield Road, but City will be hopeful of talking Manchester United into either a loan until the end of the season or a permanent transfer this week.
First will come the final hurdle for a move for Meyler but Bruce appeared hopeful of landing his man.
"We've agreed a deal with Sunderland and now we'll just try and get the personal terms sorted with the player over the next 24 to 48 hours," he said.
"He's done very well for us and I've said all along that it was imperative that we get our loan players tied up. We're doing our utmost to do that.
"It's a good sum of money and fair play to the owners again.
"He's given us something different since he's come into the team. He gives us energy and drive that complements the good footballers we've got.
"He can only get better as well. His career has been hampered by a knee injury and he'll get better the more he plays."
Meyler, himself, also offered no reason to see the deal fall short.
"I'll leave it to my representatives and my father to sort out but I've been thrilled to work with the gaffer over the last two months," said the 23-year-old.
"It's a great place to be and I've loved being here. Hopefully, we can sort something out."
Meyler could yet be joined by Republic of Ireland team-mate Brady in making a permanent switch to the KC Stadium.
Bruce added: "We're not sure if there's a possibility of a loan until the end of the season or to make it permanent.
"That's something that Manchester United will discuss over the next couple of days."
The Tigers began 2013 yesterday with a forgettable draw at Blackpool. While both sides were frustrated by a dreadful playing surface, an eighth game unbeaten kept Bruce's men in second place in the Championship.
"It's a point and who knows where it could take us at the end of the season," he added.
"My back three and goalkeeper were all very good in what was really a shambles of a game because of the pitch. The pitch affected both teams and made it a nonentity of a game."
Robert Koren and Sone Aluko, both withdrawn at half-time yesterday, are likely to miss Saturday's FA Cup tie with Leyton Orient due to their minor injuries.