EX-SUNDERLAND boss Steve Bruce has scotched talk of Fraizer Campbell returning to Hull City on loan.
Bruce has already been reunited with on-loan Sunderland winger Ahmed Elmohamady at the KC Stadium, while midfielder David Meyler remains on his radar now that the emergency loan window has opened for Football League clubs.
But Bruce has played down any prospect of Campbell moving to Hull, with Sunderland highly unlikely to let the 24-year-old leave on loan despite less than 10 months remaining on his Black Cats contract.
Reports in the national press suggested Hull have been keeping tabs on Campbell, while it is understood his hometown club Huddersfield Town are also keen on the England international.
But Bruce said: “As far as I am aware, Fraizer is not available to loan at present.
“If he was available, of course we would ask the question. But at this time, that’s not the case.”
Despite the acquisition of summer signings Louis Saha and Steven Fletcher, Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill wants Campbell to fight for a starting spot at the Stadium of Light.
Although rookie frontmen Connor Wickham, Ji Dong-won and Ryan Noble could all be allowed to leave on loan, there is little merit for Sunderland in weakening their striking options by letting Campbell go to the Football League.
O’Neill said last week: “I know he’s in the final year of his contract, we have signed some players and it is a battle to get into the team.
“I’m sure Fraizer wants to play.
“But if he’s at this football club, then I’m hoping he will go and fight for a place in the team.”