ARSENAL, Liverpool and Everton have targeted James McCarthy as a transfer window priority but Ireland team-mate Robbie Brady will have to settle for Hull.
Tagged with a £10m valuation by Wigan boss Roberto Martinez two weeks ago, McCarthy could be eyeing up Champions League football if Arsene Wenger follows through on an initial enquiry.
Brady is expected to agree to a permanent switch to the KC Stadium in the next few days after a successful loan spell and despite counter offers from Sunderland and Watford.
"Robbie's loan deal was up so he went back and now we're in advanced discussions. Those went on late into the night on Friday and again over the weekend. We hope we can get it tied up," said Steve Bruce.
The Hull boss has already sealed a deal for David Meyler and a successful pursuit of Brady would bring his spending on Irish talent to £3.5m.