Hull are reported to have offered midfielder Mohamed Diame a new three-year deal following reports Newcastle have made a bid.
The Tigers, with former Manchester United assistant manager Mike Phelan currently in caretaker charge, are heading out to Austria on Tuesday for friendlies against Caykur Rizespor and Torino.
And they hope 29-year-old Diame, who secured their promotion with a superb winner in May’s Championship play-off final and trained with the club on Monday, flies out to join up with the squad on Wednesday as scheduled.
Hull are in considerable need of a boost as they continue to prepare for their top-flight return, having thus far endured a turbulent pre-season.
Steve Bruce, whose four years in charge saw Hull promoted to the Premier League twice and reach the 2014 FA Cup final, left following a breakdown in his relationship with the club’s owners, the Allams.
Bruce’s frustration grew as Hull failed to strengthen their squad this summer on the back of long-term injuries to his son Alex plus Allan McGregor, Michael Dawson and Moses Odubajo.
Securing the future of Diame would come as a huge boost, but it remains to be seen if the player will sign or push for a move to the Magpies.