Hull City Eye Double Swoop for Sunderland Youngster Jack Colback & Ligue 1 Enforcer Eric Tie Bi

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Hull City manager Steve Bruce is looking to follow through on a £5.5 million double swoop for Sunderland’s Jack Colback and Evian’s Eric Tie Bi, the Mirror reports.

Bruce is well aware that his side are short on options in the midfield area as the new season fast approaches after selling Northern Irish international Corry Evans to Blackburn Rovers as well as loaning Tom Cairney out to Ewood Park too.

He had been known to be interested in Stoke City enforcer Wilson Palacios, who had looked to be on his way out of the Britannia Stadium, only to be brought in from the cold by new boss Mark Hughes. Former charge Lee Cattermole was also thought to be a target but he now looks set to complete a switch to Fulham in a £2.5 million deal from Sunderland.

The former Wigan boss has already added eight new signings to his squad this summer, but is targeting Colback and Tie Bi, both 23, as the season opener against Chelsea is now under two weeks away.

“The money we have received for Corry we shall put towards getting the players we still need to bring in. It was a decent deal for Corry and puts a bit more in our kitty,” he said.

“We are looking to sign a couple of midfielders, maybe even three.”

Colback has just a year remaining on his deal at the Stadium of Light and has been made available for around £4.5 million after turning down a new deal at the club, whilst Evian have priced Tie Bi slightly more modestly at just £1 million.

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