After Steve Bruce himself linked Hull City with a move for Sunderland's misfiring striker Danny Graham, it has been reported that the club have let him leave the training camp in Italy in order to push a deal over the line.
If what Sky Sports are reporting is true, it would make sense that Hull have upped their interest beyond admiration and into a concrete offer.
Speaking after a preseason game with Ferriby, Bruce told BBC Humberside;
There's lots and lots of players and it's always wrong for me to talk about them, but Graham is someone where there's been a bit of interest.
He hasn't had the best of times in the North East but he's a very, very good player. Whether it's possible, who knows? It's something that we're looking at but we haven't done anything just yet.
This was however a few days ago, and things can change quite easily. The current speculation is that Bruce would favour a season-long loan for for Graham as with Sunderland looking to recapture a significant amount from the £5m outlay in January 2013, this could well be too rich for the Tigers.
The move is one many fans are hoping for though after he has endured a torrid time on Wearside, including 11 league games without a goal.