Steve Bruce eyes up Eredivisie midfielder.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce is reported to be planning a £2.2million swoop for FC Twente midfielder Willem Janssen according to the Daily Mirror.
Bruce is looking to bolster his midfield ahead of the new Premier League campaign after losing Stephen Quinn to a hamstring injury and then loaning Tom Cairney and selling Corry Evans to Blackburn Rovers.
And the 27-year-old Dutchman, who started his career with lower division side VVV Venlo, has been recommended to Hull by Steve McClaren. Janssen featured under the ex-Nottingham Forest manager during McClaren’s second spell at FC Twente.
The one-time England boss has reportedly now told Bruce that the Dutch ace could become a key member of the East Yorkshire outfit’s squad and that he would be available at a bargain price this summer.
Janssen was a key player for the Twente side last season, making 30 appearances for the side as they failed to gain a European berth. The Eredivisie outfit would be reluctant to sell the former Holland U-21 international who still has two years remaining on his contract with the Enschede club.
The Tigers have also been linked with Marseille’s Morgan Amalfitano and Evian’s Eric Tie Bi as they look to strengthen the central position before the transfer window closes at the end of August.
While Bruce has also previously dismissed speculation that he is chasing former Wigan man Paul Scharner after confirming that the Hamburg player is not a summer target for the KC Stadium club.