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Sep 11, 2009

Brown admits Tigers strikers could depart on loan

Hull City striker Caleb Folan has been given permission to discuss a potential loan move with both Middlesbrough and Newcastle United, while fellow striker Daniel Cousin is also the subject of interest from the Magpies.

Hull worked hard to strengthen in attack over the summer and the arrival of Kamel Ghilas, Jozy Altidore and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink means that Phil Brown is ready to cut some of the fringe members of his squad.

Folan has started all four of Hull's Premier League games so far this season but is now viewed as expendable, while Cousin's future is in doubt after he criticised Brown before a loan move to Burnley fell through on transfer deadline day.

"Championship clubs are beckoning for maybe four or five of our players and maybe some need to go out on loan,'' Brown said. "There's been an enquiry for Caleb from Middlesbrough and also an enquiry from Newcastle.

"I've spoken to (Boro boss) Gareth Southgate on two or three occasions and now we're leaving it to the business men to draft a deal.

"We've also had an enquiry from Reading for Bryan Hughes and for Daniel Cousin from Newcastle. We've had a number of enquiries about players who are not in the squad, that's football.

"If you look around most clubs are rounding their squads out to about 25. You can only play 11 so that means 14 unhappy bunnies.

"I heard a sound byte on the radio from Daniel Cousin saying 'I have no problem with Phil Brown'. Well, if you do have a problem, there's only one answer, you move on.''

Brown is currently preparing his side to face Sunderland in the Premier League on Saturday and Steve Bruce's side will contain a familiar face to Hull fans - former Tigers star Michael Turner.

The defender left the KC Stadium to move to Wearside at the end of August and Brown hopes his former player is treated well by the travelling support.

"I think he'll get a good reception, I don't see any reason why there shouldn't be,'' he said. "He's been a fabulous servant, took the club from bottom of the Championship and had three wonderful years here. Michael has been a stalwart of the club and we wish him well in the future.

"But where Michael is concerned, he's pulling a red and white strip on instead of a black and amber one and he'll be trying to win.

"The business (with Sunderland) was conducted in the right manner by all parties. What disappointed me was that his head was turned by other Premier League clubs and then Sunderland came in and he went there.

"His mind, heart and soul had gone by the end of it. It hadn't gone to Sunderland originally but it had by deadline day.''

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