Hull FC bid for Wakefield prop Kyle Amor
HULL FC have offered to pay a transfer fee to Wakefield in a bid to add prop Kyle Amor to their growing list of new additions for 2013, the Mail can reveal.
The Black and Whites were given permission to speak to the 25-year-old by the Wildcats after Hull expressed their interest.
But despite personal terms being agreed with the player over a move to the KC Stadium, the deal is proving hard for Hull to conclude.
Sources say Hull had hoped to have the deal signed and sealed this week following talks between the two clubs.
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However, with a year remaining on Amor's deal at the Rapid Solicitors Stadium, the Wildcats may be pricing FC out of the deal.
Hull have been keen to strengthen their front-row for next season, but have found it a difficult position in which to recruit.
They lost out on signing top target Lopini Paea, despite offering big wages, as he decided to stay in the south of France and signed a new deal with Catalan Dragons.
Another target, Bradford's Olivier Elima, also opted to join the Dragons and completed his move there yesterday.
Amor finally looked to be the man to fill the void, but with Wakefield now raising their asking price, Hull may walk away from the deal.
Amor joined the Wildcats from Leeds at the start of the 2011 season on a three-year contract.
At the time, the Rhinos wrote a clause into the deal, allowing them the first option on him at the end of this season.
The date to activate that clause has now passed, triggering the final year of his contract and making him solely a Wakefield player.
Whilst FC owner Adam Pearson has already indicated his willingness to pay transfer fees in order to build the squad Peter Gentle requires, he has made it clear FC will not be held to ransom and will only pay value for money.
The Mail understands this has seen him negotiate strongly to secure the services of half-back Daniel Holdsworth from Salford already, for a price Hull are more than happy with.
Whilst Hull have strengthened much of their squad already, the addition of a powerful presence in the pack has been needed, given they will part company with Mark O'Meley, Sam Moa and Willie Manu at the end of the season.
Amor has featured in 22 of Wakefield's 26 Super League games this season, scoring a try in the Wildcats' defeat of Hull in June.
The former Leeds player, who started his career at hometown club Whitehaven, has taken his game to a new level this year, with Hull hopeful of reaping the rewards of further improvement from the forward.
HULL appear to have fresh competition in their ongoing pursuit of Castleford stand-off Rangi Chase, with an NRL club now showing interest.
FC's bid to sign the Man of Steel continues to be hampered by issues over securing a new visa in the UK.
That would not be an issue faced by an NRL club, although sides in Australia are rarely willing to pay a fee for players, as has been agreed between Hull and Castleford should a visa be granted.
DANNY Tickle has made a surprise return to the Hull FC squad for tomorrow's final regular season home game with Castleford.
Tickle, who has been out since July 1 with a bicep injury, had not been expected to return for another two weeks.
However, the second-rower has made a speedy recovery to the delight of Gentle.
"It's a credit to the player and to the club's medical staff that Danny is available for selection and his return is certainly a welcome boost for the team as we look to make our mark on the play-offs," he said.