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Phil Brown dismisses Stephen Hunt exit reports

January 8, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Phil Brown is adamant that Stephen Hunt is committed to Hull City and that the midfielder will not be sold in January, despite reports that rival Premier League clubs have shown an interest in the player.

Stephen Hunt
GettyImagesStephen Hunt has been a success at Hull City

Hunt has impressed at Hull since joining from Reading in the summer, scoring five goals in 20 Premier League starts, but reports claim that his future at the KC Stadium could be in doubt as the Tigers look to reduce their wage bill in January.

Wolverhampton Wanderers have been named as likely suitors for the Republic of Ireland international but Brown is determined not to lose one of his key players with relegation very much a possibility this season.

Furthermore, the manager has sought assurances from Hunt that he is happy to remain at Hull and claims chairman Adam Pearson is not agitating to sell the player as he seeks to balance the books.

"Stephen, as far as I'm concerned and as far as the chairman is concerned, will be going nowhere," Brown told the Hull Daily Mail. "I have had the lad in yesterday morning and asked him where he wants to be.

"His heart is firmly at Hull City and I would like to keep it that way in the January transfer window and for the rest of the season."

Brown was more receptive to interest in a number of squad players though, with strikers Caleb Folan and Daniel Cousin both linked with a possible move to Championship side QPR.

"There's talk of interest in Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink, there's talk of interest in Bryan Hughes and in Tony Warner," Brown said. "There's a little bit of interest for Dean Marney, but as I said at the start of the transfer window we will judge them all on their merits and they will only go from the football club if it's right for us."