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Graham poised for Hull switch

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Wed, 17 Jul 2013 09:22:00

David de Gea would welcome Cesc Fabregas at Manchester United and is targeting the title of world's best goalkeeper.

Fabregas has been linked with a move to Old Trafford after the Red Devils reportedly tabled a bid and De Gea admits he would relish the chance to link up with his fellow Spaniard at club level.

"It would be great if Cesc Fabregas came here," said De Gea, quoted in the Daily Mail.

"He is a great player, very skilful, knows how to win things and you always want those type of players in your team."

De Gea has been receiving praise of his own of late, with Spain skipper Iker Casillas claiming that the 22-year-old keeper could establish himself as the best in the business before long.

"It's very humbling but, yes, it's possible," claimed the United man.

"Those words motivate me to reach that goal. When Edwin van der Sar said he was leaving United I wanted to be the man to replace him.

"I was given that chance and I'm not going to let it go. I would love it if one day the fans speak of me in the same way as Edwin and Peter Schmeichel. That would mean all the hard work has paid off."

"I knew I had to become bigger physically. You can see how I look different to when I first came here and I have much more muscle.

"I've worked hard in the gym, lifting heavy weights and doing a lot of exercises. It was a very intense regime. I changed my diet too and now eat an awful lot more than before.

"In training, the players would deliberately hit high balls into me and barge into me so I'd get used to that side of the English game. I actually enjoy the physical side of it all now."

The former Swansea striker has returned from Sunderland's pre-season tour of Italy.

He has not scored a goal for Sunderland in 13 appearances since his £5million move to the Stadium of Light in January.

Bruce, who saw a move for Burnley's Charlie Austin fall through, admitted his interest in Graham earlier this week.

"There's lots and lots of players and it's always wrong for me to talk about them, but Graham is someone where there's been a bit of interest," he told the Hull Daily Mail.

"He hasn't had the best of times in the north-east but he's a very, very good player. Whether it's possible, who knows? It's something that we're looking at but we haven't done anything just yet."

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