The transfer window may have been only open a day, but there is already some significant Irish movement — all in the direction of Hull City.
Sunderland midfielder David Meyler is to make his loan move to the Championship club permanent in a €1.8m deal, with Manchester United’s Robbie Brady also set to extend his own loan deal at the KC Stadium.
Hull manager Steve Bruce didn’t waste any time as he put in a bid for Meyler yesterday morning, which Sunderland are understood to be ready to accept. Talks, meanwhile, have been ongoing between Hull and United in order to keep Brady there until at least the end of the season.
Talking yesterday before his team’s away game at Blackpool, Steve Bruce admitted there had been discussions with both Premier League clubs.
“I’ve spoken with Alex Ferguson and I’ve been in contact with Sunderland too. We’re doing as much as we possibly can to keep hold of the players we’ve got. That’s our first priority this month and I would hope we can get them tied up, at least until the end of the season, within the next week.”
There is understood to be a certain sadness on the part of Sunderland to let Meyler go, although all parties accept it is best for the future. The midfielder had been widely expected to become an established Premier League player at the club and many of the coaching staff spoke glowingly about his potential. His career, however, was badly curtailed when he incurred cruciate ligament damage in a defeat against Manchester United on May 2, 2010, only to then suffer damage to the same knee as before in a game away at Aston Villa on January 5. It was later found that Meyler has also torn his medial ligament.
The midfielder, however, did enjoy his best spell at Sunderland under Bruce, with the former Manchester United captain giving Meyler his debut in 2009-10 as well as 18 of his eventual 25 Premier League appearances for the club. He has been on loan at Hull since November, having fallen out of favour under Martin O’Neill.
Brady’s long-term future, meanwhile, is a little less clear. Although Ferguson is hopeful he can eventually have an impact at Old Trafford, there is an increasing feeling he may have to look elsewhere. The winger’s loan spell at Hull was set to end today, having already been extended from Dec 2, but an agreement is expected to be struck until the end of the season.
Both Meyler and Brady played for the full 90 minutes of Hull City’s 0-0 draw away at Blackpool yesterday.
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