Tuesday 12 December 2017

Hunt on move as Hull can't keep Wolves from door

Stephen Hunt. Photo: Getty Images
Stephen Hunt. Photo: Getty Images
Daniel McDonnell

Daniel McDonnell

STEPHEN HUNT'S proposed transfer to Wolves is back on and could be completed as early as today.

Cash-strapped Hull refused to sell the Irish international to Mick McCarthy's side during the January transfer window because both teams were engaged in a relegation battle.

However, the Irish Independent understands the deal has been agreed in principle, with just the formalities to be tied up on a £3m switch.

Hunt was keen to link up with old pal Kevin Doyle in January, but respected Hull's decision to block the switch.

The prospect of a return to the Championship does not appeal to the 28-year-old, who is aware that he needs to be operating at the top level if he is to compete for a regular place in Giovanni Trapattoni's starting XI.

The Waterford man is suffering from a complicated foot injury that means he is unlikely to be fit for the start of the season. Wolves wanted this factor to be calculated into Hull's demands.

The recently relegated club are in a poor bargaining position, with the extent of their financial difficulties well known.

Accountants Deloitte said before Christmas that they would need to raise £23m to balance the books if they dropped down to the second tier. Hunt is arguably their main playing asset.

Irish Independent

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