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Bruce: Hull still want Rhodes

Hull manager Steve Bruce has told Sky Sports News HQ that talks are still ongoing to try and bring Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes to the KC Stadium.

Bruce has earmarked the recruitment of a striker as a priority following the club-record 12million sale of Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long to Southampton last week.

On Thursday, Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer confirmed Hull had made a bid - thought to be in the region of 8m - for Scotland international Rhodes.

And Bruce revealed Hull owner Assem Allam is still in discussions with Blackburn as the club try and recruit Rhodes, who scored 25 goals for Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship last season.

"I knew last night that there were conversations going on between the two clubs. That’s as far as I know really so far," Bruce said.

"It’s something that we’re trying to progress if that’s possible. It’s always difficult when you’re talking about other people’s players but there has been a bid lodged.

"I believe the first bid was refused but I do believe the two clubs are still talking."

Bruce also confirmed he was looking to add 'two or three players’ to his squad before the transfer window closes following a long-term knee injury sustained by new signing Robert Snodgrass.

"In this world of media hype and all the rest of it, it’s very difficult because they usually take weeks these transfers now not just days," Bruce said. "We need to bring two or three in.

"We know the deadline is 10 days or so away and we need to bring two or three people in at least with what’s happened to Snodgrass and of course Long going the week before.

"Snodgrass is the big one because we lost a top midfielder who gives us the quality that every team needs. He got eight goals in the Premier League for a relegated team so it’s a big blow to us."