Robbie Brady and David Meyler check in as Hull City splash cash on Manchester United and Sunderland stars
HULL City will hope to deliver a statement of their promotion intent today by announcing the £3.5m double signing of David Meyler and Robbie Brady.
The Tigers have been the Championship's big movers in the opening week of the January transfer window, first agreeing a £1.5m fee with Sunderland for Meyler and then following it up by striking a £2m deal with Manchester United for Brady.
Although both deals have encountered minor hold ups since the start of the month, club officials are hopeful the two former loan players can be confirmed as City players today and provide a lift ahead of Saturday evening's clash with Sheffield Wednesday.
Meyler, who completed the final part of his medical last Friday, was the closest to finalising his switch last night.
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Progress was made on the 23-year-old's personal terms and he is likely to sign the three-and-a-half-year deal today.
Brady's move was less advanced after he underwent his City medical yesterday, but the Tigers are not expecting any complications after matching United's £2m valuation.
The ambitious business represents City's greatest expenditure since Stephen Hunt and Kamel Ghilas were announced for a combined £5.3m in August 2009 ahead of the club's second season in the Premier League.
With Nick Proschwitz's £2.6m summer move taking the Tigers' spending upwards of £6m under Bruce, the continued financial support pledged by owner Assem Allam represents a calculated gamble.
The Football League's new Financial Fair Play rules mean 2012-13 will be the final season where sizeable losses will not face the threat of censorship.
A chance to be part of the Premier League's huge new television deal, due to begin for the 2013-14 campaign, also serves to heighten the stakes on offer this season.
Bruce's achievements in guiding City to second in the Championship with 20 games remaining has convinced the Allams to fund the moves, with support pledged for a new goalkeeper and a fresh attacking option.