Steve Bruce is lining up a £2.2million swoop for FC Twente ace Willem Janssen – on the recommendation of Steve McClaren.
The Hull City chief is desperate to strengthen his midfield after letting Corry Evans and Tom Cairney join Blackburn and losing Ireland star Stephen Quinn to a hamstring injury.
He has also been linked with a loan deal for Marseille midfielder Morgan Amalfitano and a permanent swoop for Eric Tie Bi of another French club Evian.
Paul Scharner the versatile defender or midfielder who played for Bruce at Wigan is also on the Tigers' radar.
Janssen played for former England manager McClaren during his second spell in charge at Dutch outfit Twente and proved to be a key player in the side.
McClaren has informed Bruce that the 27-year-old a former Hollland U-21 international is suited to English football and would be a huge asset on Hull's impending return to the Premier League.