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Hull pondering Hobbs offer

Hull boss Steve Bruce says that Nottingham Forest must at least match a "substantial" bid for Jack Hobbs from Reading.

Forest manager Billy Davies has hopes that the defender will turn his loan move from the Tigers into a permanent one, but Bruce is pondering an offer that has already been submitted by the Royals.

The 25-year-old has started all-but-one of Forest's 28 matches since moving to the City Ground in July on a season-long deal, but with his Hull contract due to expire in the summer there have been suggestions that the Yorkshire club could bring him back to sell to the highest bidder.

"Forest have to match the Reading offer," declared Bruce.

"We have had a substantial offer from Reading and ultimately the ball is in Jack's hands. But Forest have to come to the table and play ball with us.

"It is as simple as that. We let him go to Forest on loan because there were doubts over his knee. He has gone there and done ever so well. But, if they think they are getting him for nothing, we have a decision to make."

Former Liverpool player Hobbs signed a long-term deal with Hull in the summer of 2011 having been loaned out by Leicester, but was deemed surplus to requirements following their return to the Premier League last year.

Bruce added: "My job is to look after the club and, if somebody is offering us a bit of money - a lot of money - then we have to look at it."