Tigers closing in on duo

Tigers hope to complete signings of duo in new year

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Hull boss Nigel Pearson has revealed the club are close to signing strikers Aaron Mclean and Matty Fryatt.

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Pearson confirmed the Tigers were in 'advanced talks' with the duo after seeing his side snatch all three points in a dramatic 3-2 win at Sheffield United.

Jimmy Bullard, making his first appearance in 12 weeks heaped more misery on managerless United after coming off the bench to fire a 93rd-minute winner at Bramall Lane.

City were leading 2-0 thanks to a first-half double from striker Jay Simpson before the Blades staged a brave second-half fightback when forward Ched Evans scored twice, but Bullard had the final say.

Pearson is determined to boost his firepower after given money to spend in January by new owners Assem and Ehab Allam.

And he hopes to complete the signings of Mclean and Fryatt from Peterborough and Leicester respectively early in the new year.

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He said: "We're in advanced stages in talks with Aaron Mclean and Matty Fryatt now.

"We've put a run together so we are seeing some progress now. I think the signs are promising.

"It was a very good three points and that's what really counts at the moment. All in all it was a good day for us."

Pearson added: "Jimmy Bullard is obviously a very talented player and it's good to have him available again after missing a large part of the season."

Running

Meanwhile, Blades caretaker manager John Carver has not ruled himself out of the running for the permanent job following the departure of Gary Speed to become Wales coach.

He said: "I love coaching and working with the players and nothing has changed from my point of view."

The 45-year-old added: "I thought in the second half we looked like the side that was going to win the game.

"I'm gutted for the lads because they gave everything. That had a right go and dragged themselves back into the game."