Bruce ready for Aluko deal

Tigers manager looking forward to working with ex-Blues youngster

Sone Aluko: Former Rangers forward is expected to join Hull City on a two-year contract

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Hull City manager Steve Bruce is looking forward to working with Sone Aluko again after agreeing a deal to sign the former Rangers forward.

Aluko came through the ranks at Birmingham City during Bruce's time in charge at St Andrew's and he is available on a free after rejecting the transfer of his contract to the newco Rangers.

Reports suggest the 23-year-old, who can play on the wing or up front, has agreed a two-year deal with the Tigers and has also undergone a medical.

Bruce is waiting to finalise the deal and expects more improvement to come from Aluko, who scored 12 goals in 21 SPL appearances last season after joining Rangers in November.

Superstar

"Sone is someone I've always kept an eye on," Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail.

"I had him as a kid at Birmingham when he was considered to be the next superstar. I can remember taking him on tour at 16.

"It took him a while to develop. Some players mature quickly and others take their time to settle into senior football.

"But he's worked hard on his game and he's really come on in Scotland in the last couple of years. He really shot to prominence last year, he took it by storm.

"He's still a young lad at 23 and I'm sure he's still got plenty of scope for improvement in the coming years.

"He can play across the front positions, whether it's through the middle or on either flank. He's quick, direct and he's a very good finisher too."