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Hull turn down £3.5m Hunt offer

STEPHEN HUNT may get to stay on at Hull City unless Wolves come up with the cash to bring the player to Molineux.

But the Hull career of his Ireland team-mate Caleb Folan appears to be over as he was forced to train with the youth team this week, Hull boss Phil Brown reportedly eager to show Folan that he has no future at the club and needs to move on.

Due to financial worries, Hull are under pressure to sell players and offload them from the wage bill, and as £35,000-a-week man Hunt is one of the bigger earners at the KC Stadium, he has been heavily linked with a move away from the club, with Wolves boss Mick McCarthy very keen to sign the 28-year-old.


But today Hull have reportedly knocked back a second Wolves offer of £3.5m and have told the Molineux club to double that if they are serious about signing the winger. Wolves broke their transfer record by paying Reading £6m for Kevin Doyle last summer and do not plan to spend that kind of money on Hunt.

Waterford man Hunt has reportedly told Hull boss Brown that he's happy to stay and help out in the Tigers' battle against relegation, and he could still be at the KC when they play Wolves at the end of the month.

But Folan has been told that he is no longer wanted at the club. The Ireland man was one of four Hull players who were all told to train with the youth team yesterday. One of that quartet, Nathan Doyle, has since sealed a move away from the club, joining Championship side Barnsley today.

Meanwhile, new Bolton boss Owen Coyle could make Ireland man Daryl Murphy one of his first signings at the Reebok Stadium.

Murphy is with the Sunderland squad in Portugal for a few days of training before their Premier League clash with Chelsea on Saturday, and the former Waterford United man has worked his way back into the Black Cats' side in recent weeks after a barren spell in England's northeast.

He has played in three of the last six games for the Black Cats, having spent the first four months of the season out in the cold at the Stadium of Light.

But it's thought that Bruce and Sunderland chairman Niall Quinn are prepared to allow Murphy to leave so he can gain first team football.

Stoke City had been linked with the player but Coyle is a fan of Murphy and may try to land him before the transfer window closes.