Wednesday 28 September 2016

Steve Bruce: "I want to bring Wales star Hal Robson-Kanu to Hull"

Published 11/07/2016 | 12:01

Hull have entered the race to secure the services of Hal Robson-Kanu
Hull have entered the race to secure the services of Hal Robson-Kanu

Hull manager Steve Bruce has revealed the club want to sign Hal Robson-Kanu and are "booked in for talks" with the Wales forward in the next few days.

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Robson-Kanu, a free agent this summer after leaving Reading, had a starring role in Wales' impressive run to the Euro 2016 semi-finals.

The 27-year-old scored twice at the tournament in France, the first goal the winner in a 2-1 group stage victory over Slovakia and the second a superb effort in the 3-1 last-eight triumph over Belgium.

Bruce, quoted by the BBC on Monday, said of Robson-Kanu: "We are booked in for talks with him and to see him in the next few days. Do we intend to offer him a deal? Yes."

Bruce also stressed Hull are not the only club hoping to recruit Robson-Kanu.

"I think Hal is a good age, has had a sort of rebirth if you like, of playing through the middle, because before that he has played wide most of the time," Bruce said.

"He is big, strong, powerful, quick and somebody who runs the other way, in football terms.

"I know we have got competition, so let's see what we can do."

Meanwhile, Hull have been dealt a double blow ahead of their return to the Premier League with the news Allan McGregor and Alex Bruce could both be out for up to six months.

The squad are currently in Portugal as part of their pre-season preparations and it emerged on Monday that goalkeeper McGregor and defender Bruce, the manager's son, are set for extended spells on the sidelines with respective back and Achilles injuries.

Tweets on the club's official Twitter account said: ''@therealgreegsy1 (back) and @AlexBruce84 (Achilles) will both miss the start of the @premierleague season due to injury.

''Speaking to the press in Portugal, Steve Bruce has confirmed that both players will be out of action for 4-6 months.''

McGregor, 34, featured on 44 occasions for Hull during their Championship campaign last season but it was an injury to his back that forced him to miss the play-offs, which the club emerged from to clinch promotion.

Alex Bruce was used more sparingly by his father, making just 17 appearances over the season for a club he joined in the summer of 2012.

''It's obviously a blow to lose both of them,'' Steve Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail.

''For Alex and Allan, it's obviously a worry. The way the medical teams have progressed, they'll come back strongly.

''They'll be desperately disappointed because there's nothing worse than trying to go into a new season and pick up injuries like these. I'm sure they'll be back but it's a case of when. It's not a great start, I have to tell you.''

Keeper Eldin Jakupovic filled in for the two-legged play-off semi-final triumph over Derby and the win over Sheffield Wednesday in the final at Wembley, though McGregor's extended absence may force Hull into the transfer market.

''The injury to the goalkeeper is a big one,'' Steve Bruce noted.

''You've got to go with three goalkeepers and if Allan is going to be out for four to six months I'm going to have to address that. That isn't healthy.''

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