HULL CITY: Harper on radar as Tigers target new number one
NICK Barmby intends to act quickly to solve Hull City's goalkeeping crisis with a new arrival expected within the next 48 hours.
Newcastle United veteran Steve Harper is understood to head City's shortlist, with Wolves' Dorus de Vries also under consideration.
With current options Peter Gulacsi and Adriano Basso now both nursing knee injuries, recruiting a new keeper is an urgent concern.
Gulacsi has returned to parent club Liverpool and will undergo scans today on an injury sustained in the 1-0 defeat to Burnley.
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The Hungarian rookie was replaced by Basso in yesterday's 1-0 loss to Derby at the KC Stadium, but the Brazilian was visibly struggling late in the game with a long-standing problem of tendonitis in his knee.
With Mark Oxley also recovering from a back injury, it meant City were without a back-up on the bench yesterday and will force them into action ahead of Saturday's FA Cup third round tie with Ipswich.
Barmby would not comment on the identity of his goalkeeping target, but the experienced Harper is available.
The 36-year-old has already spent time on-loan at Brighton this season and is currently out of the picture at St James' Park.
De Vries, who City previously courted when he moved from Swansea to Wolves on a free this summer, is also in the frame but Mick McCarthy may be reluctant to off-load his regular substitute keeper.
"A goalkeeper will come in this week without a doubt," said Barmby. "You'll obviously see who comes in but we've looked at quite a few."
The future of Gulacsi at City will depend on his scan results this week.
The 21-year-old has not convinced in the opening four months of his loan at the KC, but remains tied to a season-long deal.
"Peter has gone back to Liverpool for a scan on his knee so we'll leave that to Liverpool to sort out," added Barmby.
"We'll know more about that towards the end of the week, but we'll still definitely be bringing in a goalkeeper."