Hull City boss Phil Brown has confirmed that the club have made an approach for Sunderland's Dean Whitehead.
The Tigers boss revealed that an initial enquiry for the Black Cats skipper has been made shortly after watching his side dispose of Newcastle in an FA Cup third round replay on Wednesday.
Hull overcame the Magpies 1-0 at St James' Park, with Daniel Cousin snatching an 81st minute winner.
Brown left written press duties to his assistant Brian Horton in the aftermath of a feisty clash in the North East, but did conduct radio interviews.
In those he admitted his desire to bring Whitehead to the KC Stadium.
"We have made an inquiry for Dean Whitehead. It is something we have been identifying in the past 18 months, players who can come in and strengthen the side," he said.
"We have identified probably four or five players and Dean is one of them.
"As I have said, we have made enquiries and they will be ongoing during the month of January."
Meanwhile, Brown also confirmed that loan signing Paul McShane has been recalled by Sunderland.
The defender, who has been with the Tigers since the start of the season, must now head back to Wearside.