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Manager Steve Bruce is eager to welcome new arrivals

Hull manager Steve Bruce has agreed a deal "in principle" to sign Tottenham defender Michael Dawson but admits a move for Jordan Rhodes is proving problematic. Speaking after his side's 1-1 draw with Stoke, Bruce confirmed his pursuit of 30-year-old Dawson was close to bearing fruit, but having seen Blackburn reject two bids for striker Rhodes, there is lots of work still to do if he is to replace Shane Long up front.

"It's up to me to bring two or three in, we're close to one in particular and we hope we can get that over the line," said Bruce.

"Michael Dawson we hope we can get. There's a deal in place in principle anyway. Hopefully, touch wood, we'll see what develops.

"I thought I had Jordan Rhodes 24 hours ago and it seems to be further away than ever. We've been negotiating for a week.

"We'll see what this week brings and hopefully bring in the two or three we need to give the squad a hand because we've already played five competitive games."

Bruce bemoaned an "injustice" against his side after a wrongly-awarded throw-in allowed Stoke to claim a late equaliser at the KC Stadium.

Bruce was unhappy about a penalty decision in last week's 1-0 win at QPR and was again left frustrated with the officials after the Potters snatched a 1-1 draw against 10-man Hull.

Their goal, bundled in by Ryan Shawcross, came seconds after referee Jonathan Moss had given Stoke the throw, despite an apparent deflection off one of their players.

Nikica Jelavic's poacher's finish had put Bruce's men on the cusp of a second successive league win for the first time in almost a year despite James Chester's 14th-minute sending off, but instead of celebrating three points, the Tigers boss was left exasperated.

"We feel an injustice because you can see how blatant it is," he said. "Their player ran away and didn't want to even take the throw-in. Surely that's an indication to the referee or the officials to say, 'Hang on a minute, it must have hit him'.

"It wasn't even a slight deflection either. Everyone in the ground must have seen it except for the officials.

"I expect three officials to get something as blatant as that throw-in right... they're only 30 yards away and I saw it.

"They said to me I was only guessing but when you see it it's ridiculous. I got into trouble twice last year so I've vowed that I'm not going to give the FA any more money, but we've had two shocking decisions in two weeks."

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