Grant McCann has confirmed Hull City want to secure a deal which would see Tom Huddlestone return to the club four years after leaving.
Huddlestone has been training with the Tigers for the last three weeks or so in a bid to build up his fitness after leaving Derby County over a year ago, having not played since a game January 2020, ironically which came against City.
The 34-year-old featured twice for Grant McCann’s in public outings during pre-season and scored a fine 25-yard goal against Manchester United’s Under-23s in a 2-0 win last month.
While Huddlestone does have other options, Hull Live understands the former skipper favours a move back to the MKM Stadium and talks continue with vice-chairman Ehab Allam – known to be a big fan of the midfielder – and head of recruitment Lee Darnbrough.
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“He’s still here, but there’s no update from Tuesday night (when there was no further update on Monday’s scheduled meeting),” McCann told BBC Humberside ahead of Saturday’s Championship home visit of QPR.
“Hopefully we’ll have some news over the next couple of days; we’re at Thursday now and we’re trying to focus on the game.
“I’ve left that more to Lee and Ehab to try and strike a deal with Tom if they can, so we’ll see what happens.”
Any move for Huddlestone continues to hinge on City moving out a player from within their squad, due to the limitations they face within the EFL restrictions and McCann says those discussions continue.
“It’s not as straightforward as there you go, bring him in,” explained the Ulsterman.
Tom Huddlestone battles Manchester United’s Zidane Iqbal
(Image: Tom Purslow /MUFC)
“We need to move one out the door as well before Tom comes in so we’re working on those two situations at the present time and they take time, of course they do because you’re trying to agree with someone and you’re trying to agree a move and sort a fee with them so it’s not as straightforward as you might think.”
While there has been tentative interest from elsewhere in Huddlestone, City remain favourites to clinch a deal for the ex-Spurs and England star, with McCann appearing relaxed about the situation which has generated great excitement among fans.
“He knows the situation, he’s been in training with us now for about three weeks and its well documented what our situation is.
“Tom will be no different, he has options, and I know that because he’s told me that but we’ll see how it goes over the next couple of days.”
Should Huddlestone complete the formalities of his switch back to City in the next 48 hours, he could be in line to make his second debut for the club against the Rams next Wednesday night at the MKM Stadium.