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Bruce to make late call on Diame fitness

Mohamed Diame will be assessed by Hull ahead of their trip to Arsenal following a long journey back from international duty.

Mohamed Diame will be assessed by Hull ahead of their trip to Arsenal Credit: Press Association

The Senegal midfielder played in Tunisia on Wednesday night and will meet up with his team-mates in London before a decision is made on his availability.

Sone Aluko also had a quick turnaround from Nigeria, but manager Steve Bruce has no new injuries to add to Robert Snodgrass (knee) and Allan McGregor (shoulder).

Provisional squad: Harper, Jakupovic, Davies, Dawson, Rosenior, Robertson, Chester, McShane, Elmohamady, Meyler, Diame, Huddlestone, Livermore, Brady, Ramirez, Jelavic, Aluko, Quinn, Hernandez, Ben Arfa.

Hull City announce £9.5 million profits

Hull City's financial figures for 11 months to the end of June reveal that the club has made a pre-tax profit of £9.5 million.

Hull City announce £9.5 million profits Credit: Press Association

The Tigers have outstanding debt of over £64 million, but this has fallen from £72 million last year.

Higher attendances, boosted by the club's run to the FA Cup final, and increasing TV revenue from the Premier League turned around losses from their promotion winning season, showing just how lucrative the English top flight can be.

However, the figures stop before taking into account the club's summer transfer activity. Steve Bruce was allowed to spend heavily on transfers, recruiting Abel Hernandez, Mohammad Diame and Michael Dawson, representing a large outlay for the club.

A note titled "future developments" states that the club spent in excess of £47 million over the summer "in order to continue the very successful season had by the club" last year.

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Redknapp: "Hull boss Bruce should have been contender for Man Utd job"

Harry Redknapp believes Steve Bruce should have rivalled Louis van Gaal for the Manchester United job during the summer.

Why not Bruce?: Harry Redknapp believes that Hull manager Steve Bruce should've been in the frame for the Manchester United job Credit: Press Association

United picked Dutchman van Gaal to replace the David Moyes, but Redknapp feels the Hull City bossdeserved to be in the reckoning too.

The QPR manager praised Bruce for his work at City last season and added van Gaal "couldn't have done a better job".

“Louis van Gaal couldn’t have done a better job with Hull City than Steve Bruce did last year," Redknapp told the Manchester Evening News.

“Yet did his heroics in the League and FA Cup create even a ripple at Old Trafford? Was Steve, a great competitor and wonderful player for United, even considered for the Manchester United job?

“OK, a few times in his career it hasn’t worked out but that would be true of Van Gaal, too, if he had spent his managerial life at clubs like Sheffield United, Huddersfield Town or Hull.”

Hull City's Jelavic retires from international football

Hull City's Croatian striker Nikica Jelavic has retired from international football.

Retired: Tigers forward Jelavic announced his international retirement after not playing in Croatia's 1-0 win over Bulgaria Credit: Press Association

The former Everton striker made 36 appearances for his country, scoring six goals.

The news was announced a day after Croatia's 1-0 win over Bulgaria in their Euro 2016 qualifier, of which Jelavic played no part.

Jelavic has often been restricted to a substitute's role for Croatia, with Atletico Madrid's Mario Mandzukic usually preferred in the lone striker's role by coach Niko Kovac.

Hoddle: "Hull's Huddlestone should be in England squad"

Former England manager Glenn Hoddle has called for Hull City midfielder Tom Huddlestone to be brought back into the national squad.

Recall: Glenn Hoddle believes Tom Huddlestone should be back in the England fold Credit: Press Association

Hoddle spoke out after being disappointed with the performance of Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere in an unfamiliar holding role in Thursday's 5-0 Euro 2016 qualifier win against San Marino at Wembley.

Hoddle felt Wilshere's passing ability is not good enough to pull off playing in that position.

And he feels Huddlestone is the ideal man to fill that place in the side.

Hoddle said: "I'd say Tom Huddlestone should still be there. We shouldn't have thrown him out the window.

"As a holding player, if they're going to play one who can spray it about, he's the best passer England have got now (Steven) Gerrard's gone, in my opinion. Both long and short."

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Harper to start for Hull against Palace

Veteran goalkeeper Steve Harper returns to the Hull side for Saturday's visit of Crystal Palace with Allan McGregor out for up to six weeks with a shoulder injury.

Steve Harper Credit: Press Association

Manager Steve Bruce must also decide whether Hatem Ben Arfa or Gaston Ramirez are ready to make their first Barclays Premier League starts since arriving on transfer deadline day, while James Chester is in line for a recall if Bruce chooses to return to a 3-5-2 formation.

Robert Snodgrass remains a long-term absentee but David Meyler is set to return to the squad.

The provisional squad is: Harper, Jakupovic, Davies, Dawson, Rosenior, Robertson,Chester, McShane, Elmohamady, Meyler, Diame, Huddlestone, Livermore, Ince, Brady, Ramirez, Jelavic, Aluko, Quinn, Hernandez, Ben Arfa.

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The FA confirm Hull City name change appeal

Hull fans are strongly opposed to any name change. Credit: PA

The Football Association has confirmed that Hull City will appeal the FA Council's decision to reject an application to change the Premier League club's name.

In a statement, the FA revealed that Hull City have "chosen to commence an arbitration under Rule K of the Rules and Regulations of The Football Association to challenge the decision of The FA Council."

Although FA rules state that any such challenges must remain confidential, they have decided to confirm the arbitration "in the interests of the supporters" and promised to make a further announcement once a decision has been reached.

In April 2014, the FA Council rejected an application from Hull City owner Assem Allam to change the club's name to Hull Tigers.

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