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Bruce keen on Given loan deal

HULL CITY manager Steve Bruce is preparing to sign yet another Irish player as Shay Given could join the Tigers on loan from Aston Villa.

Given has slipped down the pecking order at Aston Villa and is now established as No. 2 behind the in-form Brad Guzan, as Villa boss Paul Lambert has only used Given in League Cup games recently.

But the 36-year-old is still keen to get first team football and Given could agree to a short-term move away from Villa Park.

Hull are in the hunt for a keeper after Fulham recalled David Stockdale from loan and the Tigers do not have an experienced keeper on the books as they head into a busy period in their push for promotion.

A run of three wins in three games has pushed Hull into the top four in the Championship, and Ireland internationals Robbie Brady and David Meyler, on loan from Manchester United and Sunderland respectively, have both played a big role in that run.

Given has admitted his frustration with the fact that he's been reduced to the status of back-up to Guzan and even though a move away from the club would jeapordise his run in Villa's League Cup games as they eye a semi-final clash with Bradford City, Given is desperate to play games.

Apart from Brady and Meyler, Irish players Paul McShane and Stephen Quinn have impressed for the Tigers this season, as Slovenian international Robert Koren has praised the contribution of Dubliner Quinn since his arrival from Sheffield United.

"Quinny is a top, top player," said Koren.

"He's keeping the ball all the time and making sure his passing is always right. He's always picking the right pass and I'm enjoying working alongside him."