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Hull City manager Pearson must sell before he can buy

Tom Cairney
Youngster Cairney is hoping to build on his impressive form last season

Hull City manager Nigel Pearson has been told he will have to move players out before he can bring new ones in at the KC Stadium.

Adam Pearson, now titled "director of football operations", told BBC Radio Humberside the club is still looking to reduce its large wage bill.

Pearson said; "We brought James Harper and Nobby Solano in, two players that were specific targets.

"But that will be it until we get to the wage level we want to get to."

That is likely to mean Pearson will be forced to rely heavily upon the younger players at the club, including midfielder Tom Cairney, who broke into the City first team last season.

Despite being blooded in the Premier League, the 19-year-old is not expecting an easier time in the Championship.

He said: "Hopefully I can play a lot of games, but I know we've still got a good squad and a lot of great players, and I think the manager may rotate the squad because we've got a busy schedule - so I'm just hoping to play really.

"A few players have told me the Championship is a bit more physical than the Premier League, with a lot more contact, but I guess I'll only be able to see that if I play on 7 August."

Meanwhile Hull hope to loan striker Kamel Ghilas to an unnamed French club this week . The Algerian striker is surplus to requirements, and the club want to agree a season-long loan deal if possible.



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