Hull City manager Steve Bruce remains optimistic that talks with Sone Aluko over a new contract yields a positive outcome.
The Nigeria international headlined ‘The Tigers’s’ 3-2 win over Newcastle in midweek’s League Cup at St James’ Park when his stunning volley from a George Boyce’s cross went past goalkeeper Tim Krul.
The goal, which was his first of the season, earned Hull victory and saw the side progress into the fourth round of the Capital One Cup with a trip to White Hart Lane in the week after 28 October.
But with his contract due for July 2014, Bruce, said on Thursday that he’s keeping his fingers crossed on renewal issues, as Aluko would be free to leave the East Yorkshire club as a free agent at that time.
“We’d like to tie something up with him but as we all know the Bosman ruling is a horrible thing against football club, so we’ll try and do our best and see if we can get him tied,” Bruce said.
The 24-year-old former England youth footballer made his Hull debut in a Championship game against Brighton and Hove in August 2012 upon arriving from Rangers.
His has capped twice for the Nigeria Super Eagles and drop out of selection for the 2013 African Cup of Nations due to injury.