Tigers close in on deals

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Hull are hoping to complete the signings of Wigan's Kevin Kilbane and Luis Boa Morte of West Ham before the end of the week.

Manager Phil Brown revealed on Tuesday morning the club have agreed a fee with West Ham for Boa Morte and were hoping to reach a similar agreement with Wigan and speak to both midfielders.

Brown said: "We have made progress, things are ongoing. The clubs have agreed terms on Luis Boa Morte and we are trying to agree terms on Kevin Kilbane, on a personal front as well."

He added: "They can't play any part in the Newcastle game but hopefully by Thursday or Friday they will bear some fruit.

"We said at the start of the season we wanted to flood the place with Premier League quality and both those players have it in abundance. To get that quality of player in to Hull City would be great for the football club."

Both Boa Morte and Kilbane would offer balance on the left of Hull's midfield.

Injuries to Andy Dawson and Anthony Gardner have left fringe player Peter Halmosi as the club's only recognised left-footer in recent months.

Former Portugal international Boa Morte, 31, has struggled to earn a regular starting slot at Upton Park since a £5million move from Fulham in summer 2007.

Republic of Ireland winger Kilbane, also 31, is thought to be ready to move on after falling down the pecking order at the JJB Stadium.

Brown does not intend his January recruitment to end there with plans also being made to find a striker and a defender, and he added: "I would like in an ideal world maybe three or four players in and three or four out - but it is not an ideal world."

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Peter Halmosi
Andy Dawson
Anthony Gardner
Luis Boa Morte
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