Bruce bemoans cost of buying British

Hull City manager Steve Bruce has hit out at the excessive prices demanded for signing young British players, reports The Hull Daily Mail.

The Tigers boss has been active in the transfer market during this close season, snapping up home grown talent Jake Livermore, Robert Snodgrass and Tom Ince for an initial combined total of around £15 million before add ons and other compensation payments.

Bruce feels this is more than he would have paid had he looked abroad for new players, saying: “There’s the problem in our game. You identify a young English lad but you can get a player from overseas for half the price.”

But he confirmed that despite the cost, he is happy to continue shopping locally. “If I can buy in our market I always will. You pay a premium for a young British player and that’s what we’ve done. You know what you’re going to get,” said Bruce.

While Bruce expressed his desire to expand Hull’s scouting and recruitment network into Europe in years to come, he acknowledged that the club were not quite in a position to do that yet, and as such would continue to seek new recruits closer to home.

The 2014 FA Cup finalists have further transfer targets in their sights, with a deal for 21-year-old Sheffield United defender Harry Maguire in the pipeline. Dundee United’s 20-year-old full back Andy Robertson, who already has two senior caps for Scotland, is also on Bruce’s wish list with negotiations ongoing between the Tigers and the Arabs.

Hull have also been linked with a move for Tottenham’s Michael Dawson, as they prepare for their first outing in European competition, having won a place in this season’s Europa League.

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