HULL City manager Steve Bruce is considering recalling Aaron Mclean from his loan spell at Ipswich Town.

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Having dropped down the pecking order at the promotion chasing Tigers, the striker was allowed to join the Blues until the end of the season recently.

However, after looking decidedly short of match sharpness during two starting appearances against Cardiff and Barnsley, the 29-year-old was dropped in favour of Daryl Murphy for Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at rock-bottom Bristol City.

“It might be that we recall Aaron Mclean, we’ve got to look at that one,” Bruce told the BBC, after his side lost 1-0 at home to Barnsley in the FA Cup on Saturday.

“We’ve put him out there to get games but today, for example, I’m looking to make a change and we’re a little bit short.”

Bruce has already made public his interest in former Blues loanee striker DJ Campbell, but it now looks as though Championship promotion rivals Crystal Palace are favourites.

Blues boss Mick McCarthy had been interested in signing the 31-year-old on a permanent basis after he scored 10 goals in 17 appearances for the club, but recently conceded defeat when revealing that the front man was on the verge of signing a three-year deal at an unnamed club.

That move was understood to be Hull, but the fact that Bruce is considering recalling Mclean may indicate that he is now unlikely to get his man.

Palace boss Ian Holloway had also made public his interest in signing Campbell – a player that did so well for him at Blackpool. The Eagles have just sold Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United for £15m and, with £10m of that fee paid up front, they now look the favourites to land Campbell.

Campbell played for QPR in their 4-2 FA Cup defeat to the MK Dons on Saturday.

Should Mclean return to Hull, McCarthy would be left with just two domestic loanees at the club in the form of Patrick Kisnorbo and David McGoldrick – the latter set to sign a two-year deal in the summer.

With McGoldrick and Murphy showing signs of a promising partnership at Ashton Gate on Saturday, McCarthy may decide to bring in a creative midfielder rather than a striker on loan.

He has already signalled his intention to bring in a keeper, possibly Stephen Henderson for a second spell from West Ham, while he also wants another right-back following Bradley Orr’s return to Blackburn.

Championship clubs can name a maximum of five domestic loanees in their matchday squads.

8 comments

  • DJ Cambell has signed for nobody yet, so MM statement that he will not be coming to itfc means the club felt they did not need him, JOKE

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    Cyril Baker

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • Bleeding Blue makes some good comments, but the only problem is that whilst DJC may not be a long term option we need a short term fix other wise medium term, i.e. next season we'll be in Div 1. So the maths are simple, which is cheaper, pay for a short term fix and stay in this league or get relegated? Plus, if we get relegated can anyone realistically see us bouncing back straight away because the argument from the club will then be that we can't afford the wages of those few players who are contracted to the club?

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    MOTT MIKE

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • Ludicrous loan move by No Loans.... utterly pointless and a grim reminder that the future is bleak no matter how gruff the Yorkshire accent - and how capable he has sometimes looked at proper football clubs before selling out to Offshore Investment FC.

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    Rob Steroo

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • Who cares McLean is only another of mccarthys dud loan payers, pity there not all recalled they would not be missed, nor would mccarthy come to that!!!

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    ged scott

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • At least some good news this weekend. Mclean couldn't hit a cows a**** with a banjo.SIGN UP DJ CAMPBELL BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE.SURELY WE HAVE THE FINANCIAL CLOUT TO COMPETE WITH CRYSTAL PALACE.

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    MOTT MIKE

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

  • How can any "supporter" feel comitted to a team which consists of players who come and go like leaves in the wind. No permanancy, no club feeling, nobody who is willing to "Die for the shirt" You have to feel sorry for MM, he can't bring in the players he wants because the management won't back words with cash. you pay peanuts and you know what you get!!!! Very sad, and I can't see it getting any better under the current thinkng.

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    Tony Ward

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • There's some confusion setting in here... you can't batter the loan players and demand youth then want to buy DJ (a successful old loan!). DJ looks capable of scoring in the Championship but still looks to be struggling a Premier League level - besides which he's not an option for the long term future. Bruce has used Ipswich to give McLean a run out and possibly to prove to McLean that he's not a first team player even on loan! McGoldrick scored well in League One but ala DJ seems to have trouble adapting to the level above - but perhaps with Murphy alongside we have the basis for a good two striker formation with some fresh scoring legs on the bench (Chopra and Nouble?). The midfield rightly needs to be the focus now - some width and a decent link-up between a settling defence and some capable goal scorers.

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    Bleeding Blue

    Monday, January 28, 2013

  • This just goes to emphasise the short term benefit to ITFC of having a team over reliant on loan players. Loanees can only plug a hole short term. How can Town possibly ever build a squad for future progress this way. While we are floundering in the bottom half of the Championship we will not attract any decent players on the cheap. I fear this seasons mediocre performances will be repeated over many seasons to come. UNLESS OF COURSE M.E. DIGS DEEP INTO HIS WALLET FOR SOME REAL QUALITY PLAYERS, No evidence so far that this will ever happen.Very sad to witness the gradual but inevitable demise of a once great club.

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    felixstoweblue

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

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