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Tigers keen on Pennant deal

Hull City have joined the chase to sign Liverpool's out-of-favour winger Jermaine Pennant, who reportedly missed out on a move to Real Madrid last week because of his high wage demands.

The Spanish champions are now looking elsewhere but other clubs have been alerted to the former Arsenal player's potential availability during the January transfer window.

Hull manager Phil Brown confirmed his club's interest and said: "I would be very interested in Jermaine Pennant if he was available at the right price. We will be making enquiries."

Wigan Athletic, Tottenham Hotspur and Stoke City have all been linked to the 25-year-old, who has failed to impress in two-and-a-half years at Anfield.

A move for Pennant this month would come 10 years after Arsenal made headlines by paying Notts County £2million for the then 15-year-old.

He failed to fulfil his potential with the Gunners and later joined Birmingham before his £6.7million switch to Liverpool.

Hull are looking to strengthen during the transfer window to consolidate their position in the top half of the Premier League.

The Tigers have also been linked with Wigan midfielder Michael Brown but Phil Brown has denied making an approach.

He said: "We have got a number of irons in the fire, but just because the transfer window opens, doesn't mean to say everyone jumps into business straight away.

"A lot of these windows start with the big boys, and once they start to do their dealings everyone else follows suit. We have got certain targets earmarked."

One piece of business that looks certain to go through is the signing of defender Kamil Zayatte on a permanent deal from Swiss side Young Boys.

The Guinea international, 23, has made a big impression since joining the club on loan in August.

"We are very close," said Brown. "We are sitting down with his advisors and people at Young Boys of Berne. Hopefully we will have something to announce very soon."


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