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Tigers are out to tie up Meyler and Brady

HULL City are closing in on a permanent deal for Sunderland and Republic of Ireland midfielder David Meyler as they look to complete their first business of the January transfer window.

An offer of around £1.5million has been tabled in the last 48 hours, and it is believed that Sunderland are unwilling to stand in Meyler's way of a fresh start at the KC Stadium where he is currently on loan.

Meyler is in great form for the Tigers, scoring three goals in six league starts.

Steve Bruce will also try to retain the services Meyler's international team-mate and Manchester United loanee Robbie Brady this week with a possibility that he may try to sign the winger.

"I've spoken with Alex Ferguson at Manchester United and I've been in contact with Fulham and with Sunderland too. We're doing as much as we possibly can to keep hold of the players we've got," Bruce said.

"That's our first priority this month and I would hope that we can get them tied up, at least until the end of the season, within the next week."

The Wolverhampton manager, Stale Solbakken, admitted his side are now mired in trouble after losing 3-1 at Crystal Palace.

An Andre Moritz double and Yannick Bolasie's strike condemned the away side to their fifth defeat in a row, leaving them in 18th place.

Excuses

"We're in deep s*** at the moment," Solbakken said. "It's my duty to find out why and I won't blame anyone. We have to dig very deep and don't give any excuses - we are a bad Championship team," he said.

"The last thing I should worry about is my job. That would only make things worse.

"At the moment all I am thinking about day and night is to see the Wolves we saw for parts earlier in the season. That seems a long way away at the moment but only hard work will help us try and turn things around.

"We are not looking good but I do believe I can turn it around - otherwise I wouldn't be here."

Wolves fans reacted angrily during last Saturday's 2-0 home defeat to Ipswich Town when Solbakken substituted Republic of Ireland striker Kevin Doyle with angry calls of "you don't know what you're doing".