Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JA­SON MEL­LOR

HULL have pulled the plug on a £4.5mil­lion move for Char­lie Austin af­ter the Burn­ley striker failed a med­i­cal. The Tigers are now set to turn their at­ten­tion back to £6m-rated Celtic star Gary Hooper as they bid to strengthen their hand for a crack at the top flight.

For­mer brickie Austin’s dream Pre­mier League move is in tat­ters af­ter the 24-year-old – who has a his­tory of shoul­der prob­lems – saw his move fall through on med­i­cal grounds.

Steve Bruce has been busy adding to his squad af­ter lead­ing his side to au­to­matic pro­mo­tion to the top flight in May.

But the Hull boss ad­mits Austin (left) – who struck an im­pres­sive 28 goals for the Clarets last sea­son – won’t be among the in­flux of new play­ers ply­ing their trade at the KC Sta­dium.

Austin has dis­lo­cated his shoul­der three times in the past four years.

And dis­ap­pointed Bruce ad­mit­ted: “The deal for Char­lie is now a non-starter.


“There has been a bit of a prob­lem with his med­i­cal, which is the worst sce­nario for ev­ery­body con­cerned. It’s an aw­ful sit­u­a­tion we find our­selves in, but the med­i­cal is not great so it looks as if it is a non-starter at the mo­ment.

“I think Char­lie’s sur­prised be­cause he has not missed many games over the last cou­ple of years.

“It’s a blow for him and a blow for us, but th­ese med­i­cals are so strin­gent and ob­vi­ously he has got a prob­lem.”


Cham­pi­onship side Burn­ley have con­firmed the trans­fer has col­lapsed be­cause of “un­fore­seen com­pli­ca­tions”.

Bruce will now rekin­dle his ef­forts to land Hooper af­ter am­bi­tious Hull saw a £4m bid for the pro­lific Celtic striker turned down last month.

The Tigers chief is set to up his of­fer for the for­mer Scun­thorpe for­ward, who is keen to re­turn to Eng­land to test him­self in the Pre­mier League.

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