Hull City boss Steve Bruce says he is exploring every possibility to make Jake Livermore's stay at the club permanent.

The midfielder joined on a season-long loan at the KC Stadium, on the same day that fellow-Spurs player Tom Huddlestone swapped permanently.

The duo have been extremely impressive so far this season, and boss Steve Bruce now hopes he can sign the youngster for the long term.

Bruce understands that 23-year-old won't come cheap, however says he will need to take a few financial risks in order to give the players the stage they deserve.

Bruce told the Sunday Mirror: "I would love to keep Jake if I could, so we'll have to see if there is a deal to be done.

"But I'm sure Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, will want the Humber Bridge and the receipts that go with it for him.

"I haven't asked yet, but we shall do our utmost to see if we can make it permanent. At the moment, we are just happy to have him.

"The big thing for Jake is that he is playing games regularly. He has played eight games in a row in the Premier League for us this season, and that's something he has never done before. It is great for him, and he looks like he's enjoying it.

"When I eventually left Manchester United it was because I didn't want to be a bit-part player.

"We all want to play at the top but, when the big games come around and you are not involved, if you've got anything about you as a footballer you just want to get out and play somewhere."

Hull are currently performing better than expected in the Premier League this year, and sit 9th with eight games played. Huddlestone and Livermore have both been impressive for the Tigers, and if Bruce can convince Tottenham to allow the latter to follow in the footsteps of the former in signing permanently, it will probably stand his side in good stead.

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