Grant McCann says Tom Huddlestone’s future will become clearer on Monday when the Tigers boss sits down with the experienced midfielder.
Hull City want to pin the 34-year-old down to a contract until the end of the season after the club legend impressed since arriving at the club last month in an attempt to get fit.
Huddlestone played 45 minutes against Scunthorpe before scoring a goal in last Saturday’s 2-0 win over Manchester United’s Under-23s, giving a timely reminder of the tools at his disposal.
The Tigers are in pole position to sign Huddlestone and Hull Live understands a deal is likely to be concluded, but the former Derby County and Spurs man does have other options on the table while City must move a player out, with Thomas Mayer understood to be close to an exit.
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“I’m going to sit down with Tom on Monday, so I’m hoping to have a bit more news then. We’re not the only club that’s interested in taking Tom, I may as well say that,” McCann told BBC Humberside.
“There’s a lot of interest in Tom and I’ll sit down with him on Monday and see where we go.”
Following the arrival of Matt Smith on Friday, City have a 25-man squad, the maximum allowed by the EFL under the terms of the club’s transfer restrictions.
For the club to sign Huddlestone, space must be made and McCann says that development is close.
“We still need to get one out, we’re very close to moving one player on – you’ve seen Jordan Flores left so we’re going to help the lad out. At the end of the day, people need to play football and we need to put a competitive squad together,” he said.
“It’s not about keeping people around for the sake of it, I think tits important people play football and we get who we need in our squad.”
“No, I’m not,” McCann said when asked the identity of the player close to leaving.
“We’re trying, we haven’t got any space at this present time but we will do if we move one.”