Wolves up offer to struggling Tigers in bid to secure £35,000-a-week Hunt
WOLVES have made a second, improved, bid for the services of Ireland winger Stephen Hunt and hope that cash-strapped Hull will accept an offer in the region of £3.5m, meaning that the deal will rest on whether the Molineux club can match his £35,000-a-week salary.
Mick McCarthy, a long-term admirer of the 28-year-old, made his first advances after the opening of the January transfer window, aware of financial struggles at the KC Stadium.
Hunt has shone for Hull this season, and his employers were unwilling to accept a first offer from Wolves which is believed to have been in the region of £3m. However, an increased amount will test their resolution, with the Tigers needing to raise funds and slash their large wage bill.
Waterford native Hunt, who only moved to Hull in the summer from Reading, would be amongst their highest earners.
And, while the left-sided midfielder is enjoying his football this term, sources close to the player have confirmed that he would be interested in a move to the Midlands, which would see him reunited with Ireland Kevin Doyle.
If Wolves are willing to match his £1.85m-a-year salary, then it's likely the move will go through this month.
Hunt's wife is expecting their first child and the player is conscious of the need for stability at this juncture of his career.
Hull's money problems burst to the surface in October when it emerged they had borrowings of £22m, with accountants Deloitte predicting they would need £23m to balance the books if they went down this season, and £16m if they survive.
In that context, Hunt believes Wolves offer greater security, even though they are also mired in a battle against the drop. He does not have a relegation release clause in his Hull contract.
Hunt's standing in the game has risen considerably since being promoted to the Premier League with Reading three years ago. The ex-Brentford and Crystal Palace man had initially joined the club on a free transfer in 2005, but was earning around £30,000 a week before his departure from the Madejski Stadium.