Fraizer Campbell set to be Hull City's main transfer target in January
FRAIZER Campbell is Hull City's top transfer target with the Tigers poised to make their move to bring him back to the KC Stadium in January.
Manager Steve Bruce believes the talented striker could be just the man to fire the Tigers into the Premier League for a second time.
The City boss is keen to add an out-and-out goalscorer to his squad to aid City's push for promotion in the New Year.
And the Mail understands a move for Campbell has been discussed at length with owners Assem and Ehab Allam in recent weeks.
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Although unwilling to discuss specific targets, vice-chairman Ehab Allam told the Mail they will fully support Bruce in the January transfer window.
That will see Bruce backed in an ambitious bid to tempt Campbell back to East Yorkshire, with City open to discussing either a loan move or complete transfer.
Despite winning his first full England cap in February of this year, Campbell, 25, has been out of favour at the Black Cats under manager Martin O'Neill.
His only league start this season came in their opening day draw at Arsenal, as he has been limited to six cameo roles off the bench since.
With Sunderland struggling at the bottom of the Premier League, O'Neill may however be reluctant to lose one of his striking options, unless backed to strengthen himself for the expected battle to retain their top-flight place.
Sources close to Campbell have also told the Mail he is, as yet, unconvinced that a drop back into the Championship – even on a short-term loan – would be beneficial to his career.
Represented by his father Keith, who negotiated with City previously when his son opted in favour of Sunderland, Campbell is out of contract in the summer.
With that in mind, he may prefer to see out the remainder of his deal before considering his options, and keep open the possibility of joining another Premier League club, in the summer.
Campbell made 32 starts and hit 15 goals during City's promotion-winning 2007-8 campaign under Phil Brown.
His last performance in the Tigers' colours was at Wembley, when his cross set up the famous Dean Windass winner over Bristol City.
City twice tried to tempt Campbell back to the KC, but firstly missed out as he was loaned to Tottenham as part of a deal which saw Dimitar Berbatov sign for United.
City chased his signature again ahead of their second, ill-fated Premier League campaign, but saw their bid of £7m, to be paid in installments, turned down, with United accepting a bid of £6m from Sunderland, managed by Bruce at the time.