Silva eyes Hull reinforcements

Marco Silva says Hull City are actively looking to strengthen their squad as quickly as possible in order to help them achieve their goal of Premier League survival.

The Tigers started the season with just 13 fit first-choice players and currently have eight potential starters on the treatment table.

While the new Hull boss, who took over from the sacked Mike Phelan this week, knows he faces a stern challenge, the Portuguese said he wouldn't have taken the job if he didn't think survival was possible.

Speaking ahead of his first game in charge, in the FA Cup against Swansea City on Saturday, he said: "If I don't believe it, I would not stay here. That is for sure.

"I know many, many people talk about the Premier League and they say we need a miracle to remain in the Premier League.

"It is normal they say this but sometimes they happen, the miracles. We will try. Maybe in May, the miracle will happen. We will see."

He added: "The owners know and I know what we need. But I will only speak about these players when they sign with the club.

"We will try to find solutions to improve the team. The faster we do it the better it will be for us."

Silva added that he is a big fan of the FA Cup and is looking forward to taking charge for the tie.

He explained: "The FA Cup is very popular in Portugal. When I was a kid, I remember the big, big FA Cup games in England.

"Everybody listened and knew about the FA Cup and I am excited to manage a side in the competition. We will respect our opponent but we want to win. It is important to start on a positive note.

"It is my first game here, so it is important. We want to get a win and get into the next round of the competition."

Immediately after their FA Cup excursions, Hull face Manchester United in the EFL Cup semi-final first leg.

"It is a fantastic moment for the club that we play Manchester United in a semi-final.

"However, this is not a game I am looking at right now. The most important game is always just the next one. That is Swansea, and that is all I am looking at right now," Silva concluded.

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