Football - Hull boss not expecting busy day

Steve Bruce is relieved to have done his transfer business in good time as he switches his attentions to keeping Hull in the Barclays Premier League.

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Bruce signed strikers Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long in the middle of the month, meaning he can take a more casual approach to the usual deadline-day frenzy.

Three players have left the KC Stadium on loan - Aaron Mclean, Nick Proschwitz and Cameron Stewart - while Danny Graham and Jack Hobbs could also move out, but Bruce has no plans to man the phones close to midnight.

"I expect to be quiet. I've said for 10 days or so we've done what we wanted to do. We've brought in the two strikers, which was always our aim, and are very, very pleased with what we've done so far. I couldn't have asked for any more," he said.

Bruce did rule out an early return to Tottenham for Jake Livermore - he is on loan from White Hart Lane and reports had suggested he had been called back to London - but cannot play the midfielder against his parent club on Saturday.

Bruce has another loan player in his squad in the form of Graham, the misfiring Sunderland striker who has been one of the reasons behind Hull's poor goal tally this season.

They have scored just 22 all term and not managed one in the league in 2014, and Bruce is preparing for interest in the Black Cats man.

Allowing him to leave would free up a loan spot in his squad but he has no plans to use it should that be the case.

"Danny wants to play and if there is a solution we can find, we will see how it develops," said Bruce, who is set to give Jelavic and Long their home debuts against Spurs.

"I don't think I've considered anything really (in terms of replacing Graham) because in all of this it has to be someone who is going to make you better.

"At this moment, we've looked at that situation - if something happened to Danny Graham - but there is no-one coming to the forefront. Unless something drastic happens I don't envisage to be doing anything."

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