Tigers shelve Traore interest

Brown wants players whose first choice is Hull

Traore: Wants France return

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Phil Brown has ended his interest in signing Portsmouth defender Djimi Traore as Hull City close on the signing of George Boateng.

Traore, along with Pompey team-mate Sean Davis, has been linked with a move to the Premier League new boys.

He spent the second half of last season on loan at Rennes and is expected to leave Fratton Park on a permanent basis over the summer.

Tigers boss Brown has expressed an interest in Traore, but revealed the former Liverpool stopper's preference is to find a club in France.

Relishing challenge

"I am relishing the challenge, possibly bringing eight to 10 new players in," said Brown.

"I spoke to Djimi and I was interested, but Djimi made reference to wanting to stay in France.

"He would, of course, have come to England if we were available as a second choice, but I don't want that kind of attitude. I want first choice."

Brown has already added Craig Fagan, Bernard Mendy and Geovanni to his squad since Hull secured promotion to the Premier League.

International quality

He also has South African striker Delron Buckley on trial and expects to wrap up the long-awaited signing of Middlesbrough midfielder Boateng in the next 24 hours.

"George is currently in Sheffield doing a medical and, fingers crossed, in the next 24 hours hopefully we will have another international-quality player," added Brown.

"No-one guarantees you first-team football. The only thing that can guarantee you that is playing well week in, week out - and that is what I fully expect from George, but he has to get past the players who are already in the team."