| 6.1°C Dublin

Wolves step up bid to bring Hunt on board

WOLVES today stepped up their bid to sign Ireland international Stephen Hunt from Premier League rivals Hull, with Irish team-mate Kevin Kilbane also likely to link up with Mick McCarthy again.

The Molineux club had promised to make money available to boss McCarthy to bolster his squad for the second half of the season, and they have been true to their word as McCarthy has been told to go out and complete a deal to sign 28-year-old Hunt, once Wolves can agree to match the player's wages of £35,000 a week.

"We have made one or two bids for permanent signings and started the process to hopefully add a couple of players," Wolves CEO Jez Moxey said today. "We're always hopeful but it's never easy and everyone has to be patient.

"We will not divulge targets, but after consultation with Mick, I've made a number of enquiries over the last week and we would hope to try to bring in one or two players.

"We hope we can add Premier League experience. But we will try to do business for what we believe is the right player at the right price."

Hunt has been a big hit with the Hull fans since his £2.5m move from Reading last year. Only two Irish players in the Premier League have played more games for their clubs, and with five goals from his 20 appearances, he is one of our leading scorers across the water, with only Robbie Keane (8 goals) scoring more this season.