Reports this week suggested the Tigers had made a formal offer for the unsettled 26-year-old, who pulled out of Blackburn’s squad to face Wigan Athletic on Saturday
By Liam Twomey at Upton Park
Steve Bruce has denied that Hull City have made a bid for unsettled Blackburn striker Rudy Gestede and insists they will not try to sign him in the near future.
Reports this week suggested that the struggling Tigers had made a formal offer for the 26-year-old, who subsequently pulled out of Blackburn’s squad to face Wigan Athletic on Saturday, claiming he was not in the right frame of mind to play.
But Bruce is adamant that Hull’s interest never ventured beyond informal discussions and has confirmed they will not be pursuing the Frenchman in the January window.
“I don’t know where that has come from,” he told reporters after Sunday’s 3-0 defeat by West Ham.
“We’ve never made a bid. We did have a conversation with them but apparently an agent had made a bid on our behalf which is news to me and to my owner.
“As far as I’m concerned I don’t know where all the nonsense has come from but I can confirm there’s no way we’ve bid £4 million (€5m), £4.5m (€5.9m) and we won’t be doing so.”
Hull’s lack of fit striking options was laid bare at Upton Park as they failed to capitalise on their first-half dominance and were eventually forced to deploy centre-back Harry Maguire up alongside Sone Aluko after the break. Goals from Andy Carroll, Morgan Amalfitano and Stewart Downing in the second period gave West Ham a comfortable first win of 2015.
“The way we played in the first half absolutely delighted all of us but you have to score,” Bruce added. “For all the good work we did, it unravelled with the opportunities we had because we can’t let them off the hook like that.
“That’s a disappointment because we invested heavily in strikers and [because of injury] they’re not there to take the chances we’ve created.”
Bruce and Hull’s problems were compounded by the fact that James Chester could be sidelined for up to three months after dislocating his shoulder at Upton Park, while Alex Bruce is also set for a month out with a thigh injury.
Sam Allardyce, meanwhile, was buoyed by West Ham’s second-half rally after an error-strewn opening 45 minutes that he claimed were the result of his side’s FA Cup exertions against Everton on Tuesday.
“Our efforts on Tuesday night left us a little bit lethargic in the first half,” he admitted.
“Because we were taking so long to pass the ball forward in the first half, it gave Hull time to get most of their men behind the ball, win possession back and hit us on the break, which they did very well apart from not scoring.
“The quality of our goals were what we’ve been looking for for a few weeks and that finally finished Hull City off.”