Hull are expected to complete the signing of Sunderland defender Paul McShane on Wednesday morning.
The 25-year-old Republic of Ireland international has completed a medical with the Tigers after both clubs agreed a fee. McShane made 17 appearances during a four-month loan spell at the KC Stadium last season and is thought to have been made available for a permanent transfer at around £2million.
"Fingers crossed - we are nearly there but we are not there," said Hull manager Phil Brown after Tuesday night's 3-1 Carling Cup win over Southend. "I'm hoping that it is all done and dusted by 10 o'clock."
McShane will become Hull's sixth new arrival of the summer transfer window if the deal goes through.
Another of the new faces, Jozy Altidore, marked his first start for the club with a goal in the ultimately convincing home victory over Southend.
The American striker doubled a much-changed Hull side's advantage after 18-year-old debutant Tom Cairney had opened the scoring with a sublime lob at the KC Stadium.
Franck Moussa pulled one back for the Shrimpers on the stroke of half-time but substitute Geovanni, left on the bench as Brown made 11 changes, wrapped up the win after 75 minutes.
Brown was pleased with the performance of Altidore, who missed the opening two games of the season after red tape delayed his return from the US following international duty.
Brown said: "The biggest bonus of the night wasn't just the fact some young lads have made their debuts and done well, it was getting 90 minutes out of Jozy Altidore.
"He hit the winning goal and he's probably still suffering from jetlag having arrived on Friday. He played a full competitive game - and it was competitive, Southend were no slouches."
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