HULL CITY want to sign Irish midfielder David Meyler on a permanent basis to drive their attempt to return to the Premier League.
Steve Bruce, who gave Meyler his first-team break at Sunderland, is planning talks with Martin O'Neill when he will make a play to secure the Corkman on a full-time basis. He has made a big impression in his loan spell, with Hull moving up to the second spot in the Championship table, five points behind leaders Cardiff.
However, the Tigers boss acknowledges that O'Neill may want to bring in another player before he allows Meyler out the door.
"Meyler could possibly be permanent," said Bruce. "But I have to speak to Martin. January is difficult because Martin will probably have to have someone lined up himself."
The ex- Manchester United defender also wants to extend the stay of Old Trafford starlet Robbie Brady and will speak to Alex Ferguson about that possibility. He faces competition, with Everton amongst those eyeing up the promising winger, whose dead-ball skills have contributed significantly to Hull's rise. Indeed, their weekend win over Leeds was secured by a Meyler header from a Brady corner.
"Both David and Robbie are at big clubs but have not played a lot of football. So, thankfully, they came here to play and have done that," added Bruce. "I will go and see Alex Ferguson next week."
Meanwhile, their Irish international colleague John O'Shea could miss next month's friendly with Poland after sustaining a hamstring problem. O'Shea has struggled in that department in recent years and O'Neill fears a lengthy absence.
"John could be out for some time. That's a blow for us and it leaves us a bit short there," he said.
Giovanni Trapattoni is also short of centre-half options, with Sean St Ledger recovering from hamstring difficulties too and Richard Dunne hopefully nearing the light at the end of the tunnel with his troublesome groin.
"Carlo joined us from Chelsea in January 2009 and went on to make a total of 37 appearances. We wish Carlo all the best for the future."