HULL CITY have seen a club record move for Sunderland’s Steven Fletcher rejected by the Wearsiders - according to some national reports.
According to the Times, the Tigers tabled an offer rising to £8m last night, with Fletcher seemingly surplus to requirements at the Stadium of Light.
The Black Cats are believed to be seeking a fee closer to the £12m they paid out to Wolves for the 26-year-old 18 months ago.
Hull also have a long-standing interest in West Brom forward Shane Long, with Stoke Cityand Newcastle United having joined the chase to sign the Republic of Ireland international, who saw a move to the Tigers for a club record £6.5m rebuffed at the 11th hour on transfer deadline day at the start of September.
Reports linking Hull with former Leeds United favourite Max Gradel - now at St Etienne - appear wide of the mark, with Cameron Stewart close to securing a move to Leeds, despite rival interest from Charlton Athletic, where he has just returned from a loan spell.
Meanwhile, Wigan Athletic had made a move for Hull defender Jack Hobbs, currentlyat Nottingham Forest on loan.
Boss Steve Bruce has revealed the club have had a firm enquiry from Wigan for Hobbs, with the club having a recall clause on the player, despite Hobbs being on loan at the City Ground for the rest of the season.
But Forest manager Billy Davies insists there is no chance that the player has played his last game for the club.
He said: “There is a (recall) clause which is for an emergency. As far as we’re concerned that hasn’t changed. He’s still our player.
“We’re looking forward to having him here for the rest of the season if that’s possible.
“The player doesn’t want to leave this club and that’s important.”
Sheffield Wednesday are believed to be re-asssessing defensive targets after seeing Roger Johnson join West Ham United, while across the city, Blades boss Nigel Clough has confirmed that Derby County striker Conor Sammon features on a “very long list” of potential targets this month.
With Marlon King and Lyle Taylor having left the club - although the latter could return during the close season after joining Patrick Thistle on loan - Clough is in the market for a forward and he has seen an initial enquiry for Leicester frontman Martyn Waghorn rebuffed by Leicester City.
On Sammon, who Clough brought to the Rams, Clough said: “Yes, Connor is someone we’ve looked at.
“But we’ve looked at lots of other people too.“So many in fact that, if you put a name to me and they are not regular starters for a team in the Championship, then the chances are they are on what is a very long list.”
Meanwhile, Rotherham United have started their January business early with summer target Miles Addison joining on loan from AFC Bournemouth for the rest of the season and Daniel Nardiello extending his loan at Bury until May.
Bournemouth loan forward Matt Tubbs has left the club and has hastily signed a one-month loan deal with former side CrawleyTown.
Huddersfield Town striker Jimmy Spencer has returned to the John Smith’s Stadium after his loan stay at Scunthorpe United came to an end.
Bradford City players Alan Connell and Luke Oliver could be heading for pastures new, with boss Phil Parkinson preparing to offload some squad players to give him room for manoeuvre to bring in new recruits to energise their season, including the experienced duo.
On the incoming front, the Bantams are being linked with a move for old boy David Syers, who is out of contract at the end of the season at Doncaster Rovers.