Transfer News: Hull City manager Steve Bruce is ready to bring in new signings
Last Updated: 19/05/14 7:41am
Steve Bruce: Hull boss set for a busy summer in the transfer market.
Hull City manager Steve Bruce is preparing himself for a busy summer in the transfer market as he prepares the club for European football.
Hull were beaten 3-2 in extra-time by Arsenal in the FA Cup final on Saturday but qualify for the Europa League because the Gunners had already sealed a place in the Champions League.
As the losing finalists Bruce's side must go through qualification before entering the Europa League group stages and that is likely to stretch the club's limited resources.
The Hull boss said: "We have to look forward to European football and we will have to try to enjoy it, but whether we have got the resources and the manpower, I am not so sure.
"We certainly need another five or six players. We've got two, three or four who are out of contract, so we'll now decide what we're going to do and plan a way to come back again.
"We have to improve, to get better, because you cannot stand still.
"I think we've got four (European) games by the end of August. And a club like ours, I don't think we're ready for that. But we'll have to give it a shot when it comes around.
"That is always the challenge, can we get bigger and better?
"We are spending a lot on the academy and have to produce a few players, but that is one for the future I suppose."
Bruce's first priority will be to secure a permanent deal for Tottenham's Jake Livermore but he may be forced to wait until Spurs have a new manager in place.
"We have got to try to secure Jake if we can afford him," said Bruce.
"We have to move on, get bigger and better and stronger but let's have a break first.
"I'm going to have to, I have to have a break. You need to as a manager.
"The demands on you are exhausting, but thoroughly enjoyable. It's been a great year."