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Hull draw European opener

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Tom Huddlestone didn't have a great night. Credit: PA

Hull had to settle for a goalless draw on their competitive European debut as Tom Huddlestone missed a penalty and a point-blank follow-up against Slovakia's AS Trencin.

The Tigers, having qualified for a first ever campaign at Europa League level by finishing runners-up in the FA Cup, should have come away from their third qualifying round first leg at Zilina's Stadion pod Dubnom with victory but will now need a result in East Yorkshire next Thursday.

An hour had gone when Shane Long was felled in the area but Huddlestone - who missed in the shootout when Spurs lost to Basel in the 2013 competition - produced a dreadful double miss.

His penalty was comfortably saved by Milos Volesak but it was the secondary attempt, grazing the bar from a couple of yards with the goal yawning, that will haunt the midfielder.

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Maguire set for Hull move

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Harry Maguire came up through the ranks at Bramall Lane. Credit: PA

Sheffield United have accepted a bid from Hull for defender Harry Maguire.

The Sky Bet League One club revealed they have "reluctantly" accepted the Tigers' new offer after they met their valuation of the centre-back and he and his representatives are now set to open talks over a move to the KC Stadium.

Ince: Hull is right for me

Tom Ince says that a move to Inter Milan would have been a dream, but joining Hull City was the better move to improve him as a player.

It was close, I spent three or four days out there [Milan]. I stood in the San Siro and I thought I was in a dream. But those types of moves I feel can come if you perform. I'm still a young player and I feel this is not only the time to prove to myself that I can play in the Premier League but this is the right move for me at the right time.

I'm under the right development and like the way the gaffer (Steve Bruce) plays.

I've known the gaffer for quite some time not only on a personal basis, but he believes in me as a football player.

When you have that belief from a manager and seeing what the club did last year, with the FA Cup run obviously being the highlight, to be part of that is a great opportunity.

– Tom Ince

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Hull face trip to Serbia or Slovakia

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Hull City manager Steve Bruce. Credit: PA

Hull will begin their debut European campaign with a tie against either AS Trencin of Slovakia or Serbia's Vojvodina.

The 2014 FA Cup finalists were in the hat for Friday's Europa League third qualifying round draw and look most likely to meet the Slovakian side, who have a 4-0 lead over Vojvodina from the first leg of their second-round tie.

Bruce admits to overpaying

Hull manager Steve Bruce has conceded he has been forced to overpay to secure his first-choice British targets.

There's the problem in our game. You identify a young English lad but you can get a player from overseas for half the price.

If I can buy in our market I always will. You pay a premium for a young British player and that's what we've done.

We've got a 22-year-old, a 24-year-old and a 26-year-old. It's cost us more money but I would expect that.

You know what you're going to get. There'll come a time when I know what I'm going to get from the foreign market and hopefully we can get that set-up in the next 12 months.

– Steve Bruce speaking to Hull Daily Mail

Dudgeon extends Tigers stay

Hull left-back Joe Dudgeon has signed a new one-year contract at the KC Stadium, the club have announced.

"I managed to get fit for the last couple of months of last season and I got a few behind-closed-doors (games) under my belt," the 23-year-old told www.hullcitytigers.com.

"It was good to get those games in and I've been building on that through the off season. Hopefully now I have a good foundation for pre-season and I can kick on from here.

"It's all about focussing on the future now. You can't keep thinking about the past. You can learn from it but you have to move on.

"This is a fresh start now and I want to show everybody that I still want to be here and I want to play."

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