Friday, June 18, 2010

Wolves move to secure Stephen Hunt signing

Wolves will step up their bid to sign Hull City winger Stephen Hunt this weekend.

Mick McCarthy looks set to return to the Tigers to further strengthen his squad for a second Premier League campaign with a move for Hunt.

Despite recently hinting his interest in the Ireland winger may have waned, it is understood that McCarthy is determined to have him in his squad next season.

Hunt, who is married to the sister of Wolves striker Kevin Doyle, missed the latter stages of City's season with a foot injury which will also entirely rule him out of pre-season.

A potential return date has been estimated as October at the earliest, although there are some fears it could be Christmas before he is ready to make a full return.

But a source close to the player has told the Mail that initial discussions have been held between the two clubs in recent days during negotiations over Mouyokolo's move.

And it is thought those talks will advance with a view to a deal being struck for Hunt in the next seven days.

Hunt's injury, combined with City's obvious need to sell, will prevent the Tigers from securing anywhere near the £5m offered by Wolves in January for the recently-crowned player of the season. But it is thought Wolves could yet beat the £3.5m offer already made by West Brom.

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