Steve Bruce patient over signings as Hull City linked with Sunderland stars
HULL City boss Steve Bruce admits he will have to bide his time if he is to land his top targets before the summer transfer window closes next week.
Although Bruce has so far managed to recruit six new signings since taking charge at the KC Stadium in June, he is aiming to bring in at least two more additions ahead of the transfer deadline on Friday week.
The Tigers' boss continues to stay tight-lipped over the players on his wish-list but admits he is awaiting movement from within the Premier League transfer market before he can trade.
Sunderland midfielders David Meyler and Ahmed Elmohamady have both been heavily linked with a reunion with Bruce and if the Black Cats can strengthen over the next week, it is understood Martin O'Neill could be willing to let the pair out on loan.
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Bruce will mull over several options in the coming days but admits he must play a waiting game ahead of next week's deadline.
"Nothing's changed, there's still 10 days to go and it may be a case of staying patient," said the City boss ahead of tomorrow night's trip to Blackburn.
"The big Premier League clubs haven't sorted themselves yet, in my opinion. I was the same in that position.
"Premier League managers are still making decisions over who will stay, who they want to let go out on loan and who they want to move on. Once they sort themselves out then we'll be in a position to know more ourselves.
"I've had my targets in mind all along and until I'm told no on those players, then we have to wait and see what happens.
"We've got other targets in mind, of course, but it looks like being a case of waiting until some of the big clubs do their business."
With just 10 days left for top-flight clubs to trade, a slow market is expected to quicken its pace by the weekend.
Bruce, who has already recruited Nick Proschwitz, Sone Aluko, Alex Bruce, Abdoulaye Faye, Ben Amos and Eldin Jakupovic, will be an interested onlooker and hopes out-of-favour players in the top flight can be persuaded to take a step down into the Championship before August 31.
City would again be allowed to do business in the emergency loan market from September 8 but Bruce intends to be active much sooner.
Despite focusing his energies on recruitment, the Tigers' boss may also permit movement out of the KC Stadium. League One Doncaster, who City meet in the League Cup second round next week, are one club to have declared an interest in midfielder Paul McKenna.
The veteran midfielder was in Bruce's starting XI against Brighton on Saturday but if City can strengthen, a move could be considered.
A suitable financial package for McKenna would also need to be struck as he enters the final year of his deal but Bruce played down the move for now.
He added: "I've spoken with Dean Saunders on the phone but as I said to him, he's in the team and at this minute I can't see anything happening."