Hull boss Steve Bruce is showing an interest in Derby midfielder Will Hughes as he steps up his search for new players.
Bruce is in a hurry to bolster his ranks after pledging his future to the Tigers, and Hughes is one of several players on his wanted list ahead of the new season.
The 21-year-old has been a revelation for the Rams even though he missed six months of last season with a serious knee ligament injury.
Hughes has made a full recovery and returned towards the end of the season as the Rams just missed out on the play-offs.
Bruce is now ready to make his move, but reports claim he will have to pay in the region of £7million to have any chance of landing the talented youngster.
Some reports are claiming Manchester United are also keen, forcing Derby to open up talks over a new deal.