New Stoke City manager Mark Hughes has stated his desire to keep hold of Honduran midfielder Wilson Palacios despite firm interest from a host of clubs.
Among the clubs interested is Hull City with Steve Bruce saying he is prepared to play a patient game in the race for his signature.
He may now have to wait a lot longer, with Hughes stating that Palacios looks a 'good option for the next season'.
Hull have already began looking towards other targets with Nottingham Forest midfielder Adlene Guedioura apparently sitting at the top of their wishlist.
Guedioura, who made 35 appearances for Forest last term, could be joined by Bafana Bafana midfielder Daylon Claasen.
Claasen has been on trial with The Tigers for their friendly against North Ferriby and took part in their training camp in Portugal.
Bruce has stated that he is pleasantly surprised by the players, who were set to join Everton until David Moyes departure, but said that due to work permit difficulties the move could be a non-starter.
One player who won't be playing in a Hull City shirt anymore is Aaron McLean who looks set to join Barnsley on a free transfer.
McLean, who has scored only seven goals in his two-and-a-half year spell at the club, has been allowed to train with The Tykes after being deemed surplus to requirements at the KC Stadium.
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