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Team news: Hull v Lokeren

Hull boss Steve Bruce is once more likely to give several fringe players a chance to impress in the crunch Europa League play-off second-leg clash with Lokeren.

Bruce made wholesale changes to his squad for the 1-0 defeat in the first encounter in Belgium in between the Tigers' opening two Premier League matches and is again likely to rotate his squad.

Provisional squad: McGregor, Harper, Chester, Davies, Bruce, Maguire, Figueroa, Rosenior, McShane, Boyd, Elmohamady, Huddlestone, Livermore, Ince, Brady, Jelavic, Aluko, Sagbo, Robertson.

Rhodes deal dead - Bruce

Hull boss Steve Bruce has said a potential deal to sign Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes is "dead and buried".

It's dead and buried.

We got an indication from Blackburn that they were willing to do a deal and that obviously changed in 24 hours. That's their prerogative.

If they'd have said that to start with - that he wasn't for sale no matter what we wanted to do - then fine, we'll walk away.

But unfortunately it gets a bit protracted and last weekend we thought it was close and then all of a sudden he's not for sale, so we'll move on to the next one.

– Steve Bruce

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Blackburn reject Hull's Rhodes bid

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Jordan Rhodes is wanted by Hull. Credit: PA

Blackburn have rejected an initial bid from Hull for prolific striker Jordan Rhodes.

Rovers manager Gary Bowyer revealed at his press conference on Thursday afternoon that the Tigers had lodged an enquiry for Rhodes, who has scored 53 goals in 99 games for the East Lancashire outfit, and that the offer would be passed on to the club's owners.

And the Sky Bet Championship club have since confirmed to Press Association Sport that Hull's approach has been turned down.

Hull look to Rhodes to replace Long

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Jordan Rhodes could be playing in the Premier League this season. Credit: PA

Blackburn manager Gary Bowyer says Hull have made a bid for prolific striker Jordan Rhodes.

The 24-year-old Scotland international, who scored 25 goals for Rovers in the Sky Bet Championship last season, has been targeted by Tigers boss Steve Bruce to replace Shane Long following his recent move to Southampton.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference on Thursday lunchtime, Bowyer said: "There has been an enquiry which has been taken to the board and the owners and that's as much as I know."

Rhodes is expected to be involved in Rovers' clash with Bournemouth on Saturday.

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