Hull City manager Steve Bruce has expressed his interest in Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone after the Italian impressed everyone during his second loan spell at the club last season.
The Tigers recently appointed the former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce as their first team coach and he has made signing Mannone his first target this summer. The 24 year old returned to KC Stadium this January for a second loan stint with the club and put in decent performances between the sticks. Arsene Wenger prefers the Polish duo of Wojciech Sczczesny and Lukasz Fabianski ahead of him and hence might be tempted to listen to offers.
“Vito’s obviously done very well here by all accounts but we’ll speak with Mr Wenger when he returns from his holiday next week,” Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail.
“I like the boy but we’ll have to see what the situation is.”
Bruce wanted Aston Villa shot stopper Brad Guzan at the club for the next season but the American chose to stay at Villa and turned down his offer,
“I thought I was close a couple of days ago but unfortunately Brad decided to stay at Villa,” Bruce said.
“That’s disappointing for us because he was our No.1 choice. It’s a shame but we move on to the next one. Hopefully, by the time we get back from Portugal we’ll have someone in place.”