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Hands off Hunt: Hull

MANCHESTER United and Arsenal will hog all the headlines over the next few days but as the transfer window winds down, Ireland winger Stephen Hunt is the hottest ticket in town.

Hull City boss Phil Brown has issued a ‘hands off’ warning to clubs hoping for a bargain but admitted that he's had “numerous" enquiries about Hunt.

"There are a number of clubs interested in Stephen Hunt, as if they think there is a fire sale at this club. We have stood in the way of that, saying he is not for sale,” said Brown.

“Stephen is a good player at this level. I think everyone likes his attitude, his character and the way he plays the game.

“Everybody wants a piece of that and I have had numerous phone calls from managers enquiring if we are selling and the answer is ‘No’.”

Wolves have already tabled two bids, the latest thought to be £4m, but Brown believes there may be an element of mischiefmaking about persistent interest from Mick McCarthy in Hunt.

If Wolves are trying to unsettle the Republic of Ireland international before a crucial relegation battle, Brown insists it will not work.

“I wouldn't have said Stephen is ever settled. He is a fiery kind of character, that is the way he www.herald.ie plays his football. He is a great, bubbly character.

“Even unsettled he will give his best and if someone has decided to unsettle him, unfairly, hopefully the opposition will get the consequences of him being unsettled.”

Brown did not speak about speculation concerning Kevin Kilbane's future at Hull and it is thought that Celtic and Roy Keane's Ispwich are still ready to do business if the opportunity arises.