Bruce: I tried to sign Welbeck

Steve Bruce revealed he tried to sign Danny Welbeck for Hull in the summer, but has no doubt he has the class to thrive at the highest level with Arsenal.

Tigers boss Bruce has history with the England striker, having taken him to Sunderland on loan in 2010-11, and was keen to renew their acquaintance when it became was clear that Welbeck’s United days were numbered.

He admits Hull’s interest never got past an initial enquiry, with heavyweight suitors from home and abroad vying for the 23-year-old’s signature, and accepts the player deserves to be among the Champions League elite.

Four goals in six matches suggest he has enjoyed starting as a central striker under Arsene Wenger and Bruce is unsurprised.

“I rang his brother (agent, Chris) but there was some rather big clubs in for him,” said Bruce, whose side take on the Gunners at the Emirates Stadium today.

“I think Spurs were in there, Arsenal as well of course, and one or two from Europe as well. He had a pick shall we say but, yes, we had a dabble. I’ve got no doubt after working with him he can play at any top four side, no question. He’s a top player.

“He’s played a lot on the left (for United) and then people start criticising his goalscoring record, but you put him down the middle as a striker and he will score.”


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