Bruce: Defoe may cost too much

Hull are in need of reinforcements during January, and 32-year-old is thought to be available at the right price from Major League Soccer franchise Toronto FC.

But Bruce, like Harry Redknapp at QPR, appears to have concerns over the finances involved.

Bruce said after the 2-0 FA Cup third round defeat by Arsenal: “He might be too expensive. If there is a chance we would be interested in him, but I don’t want to get the hopes up of all the Hull supporters. There is a long way to go.???

Bruce had few complaints at the final outcome of the match at the Emirates on Sunday, with Per Mertesacker and Alexis Sanchez grabbing the goals.

“It is a fair result,” he said. “We huffed and puffed, but didn’t have any cutting edge to make the cup tie come alive.

“We had decent possession, but didn’t really create any chances in the final third which is disappointing.”

Bruce added: “We made 10 changes with all the injuries we have got, and that wasn’t a case of disrespecting the cup because we had one of the best days of our lives in the competition last year.

“It was always going to be difficult once we picked them out of the hat.”