Hull closing on Austin deal

Preston North End manager Simon Grayson is still waiting for a

decision from Kevin Davies as the striker mulls over his options

after leaving Bolton Wanderers.

Davies is looking for a new club after his ten-year stint with

Bolton came to an end earlier in the summer, and he has been linked

with teams such as Sheffield Wednesday, Blackpool, Burnley and


Preston are also interested in the free agent and Grayson admits

he will have to remain patient as he tries to get his squad sorted

for the start of the new season.

“We’re still waiting to see where Kevin Davies is at,” Grayson

told the Lancashire Evening Post:

“It will come to a point where he has to make a decision, and we

do as well.

“He has to get back into training and we want to know where we

roughly are with the squad.

“I think Kevin has found it a little more difficult coming round

to the fact that he is an unemployed footballer, as such.

“He has got a few options and has to consider which is the best

one for the next year or so of his footballing career.

“We are certainly still in with a great shout of getting him,

although there are other teams involved too.

“We hope to have ticked enough boxes for him to come here. If he

doesn’t come here we will move on to our next target because we

have a few more options available to us.

“I’m in contact with Kevin every other day, finding out what is

happening. He has been good enough to let us know what his thoughts


There could also be a couple of players leaving Deepdale this

summer, with Grayson ready to listen to offers for high-earner Iain

Hume after he spent last season on loan at Doncaster Rovers.

Chris Beardsley has also been linked with a move elsewhere,

although Grayson insists he would be happy to keep both men if

transfers do not materialise.

He said: “With Chris we are just waiting for someone to make an

offer to take him. As for Iain, it is pretty much wait and see.

“People are saying X, Y and Z about what is happening with

Doncaster and Iain. We’ll see if there is an opportunity to move

him on and if no offers come in, he is a contracted player who will

available for selection.

“Neither player has been discarded – they have been training on

a daily basis, showing their enthusiasm and a fantastic


The 24-year-old has emerged as a leading target for Steve Bruce

as the Hull boss continues to build a squad for a season in the

Premier League.

Austin only has 12 months remaining on his contract at Burnley

and it is understood that the two clubs are on the brink of

agreeing a fee.

The former Swindon forward is then set to hold talks with the

Tigers after previously being linked with the likes of Celtic and


He has scored 45 goals for Burnley since his 2011 move from

Swindon and he netted 28 times for the Clarets last season.

Bruce has been in the market for extra firepower following

Hull’s promotion to the top flight and has already seen a bid for

Celtic striker Gary Hooper rejected.

The likes of Swansea’s Luke Moore, West Bromwich Albion’s Peter

Odemwingie and South African forward Katlego Mphela have also been

linked with moves to the KC Stadium.

The Tigers have so far signed Maynor Figueroa, Curtis Davies and

Allan McGregor in addition to securing permanent deals for George

Boyd and Ahmed Elmohamady.