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Jul 192016
 
Steve Bruce (left) led Hull back to the Premier League, but Sam Allardyce (right) is favourite for the England job

Hull boss Steve Bruce was interviewed by the Football Association about the vacant England manager job on Monday.

Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has also been interviewed and is favourite to succeed Roy Hodgson, who resigned after England lost to Iceland at Euro 2016.

Bruce, 55, led Hull back into the Premier League last season after relegation to the Championship in 2015.

Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe and USA coach Jurgen Klinsmann have also been linked with the role.

FA chief executive Martin Glenn is fronting a three-man panel, which also includes FA technical director Dan Ashworth and board member David Gill, to decide the next England manager.

Former Manchester United captain and defender Bruce, who was never capped by England, said in June that he would be staying at Hull.

However, amid talk of a takeover at KC Stadium, he accepted he could be replaced when asked if he was certain of his position.

Prior to talks with the FA, Bruce recently said it was “highly flattering” to be linked with a role he hopes goes to an Englishman.

“I think the top of the FA in my opinion should be English. I’ve always said that, there’s nobody more patriotic than I am,” he told BBC Radio Humberside.

“I’m honoured to be linked with it. It’s the pinnacle to go and manage your country. What bigger job in the world is there?”

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Rob Holding scored once in 30 appearances last season for Bolton

Arsenal have made a bid of about £2m for Bolton Wanderers defender Rob Holding, reports BBC Radio Manchester.

The 20-year-old is a product of the Bolton youth system and was in the England Under-21 squad that won the Toulon tournament this summer.

Holding won the Bolton player of the year award last season after making his debut at the start of the campaign.

Meanwhile, Wanderers are considering making an offer for former Brighton defender Gordon Greer.

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Moses Odubajo was in the Hull City side that beat Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 in the Championship play-off final

Hull City full-back Moses Odubajo has been ruled out for up to six months with a knee ligament injury.

The 22-year-old made 42 Championship appearances last season as the Tigers won promotion back to the Premier League via the play-offs.

The ex-Leyton Orient and Brentford defender suffered the injury in a pre-season friendly against Grimsby Town.

Meanwhile, the club have confirmed they have taken former Stoke City forward Peter Odemwingie, 35, on trial.

The Nigeria international, who could feature for Steve Bruce’s side in a friendly with Mansfield on Tuesday, is a free agent after being released by the Potters at the end of last season.

He ended the campaign on loan at Championship side Bristol City after recovering from a long-term knee injury.

Odubajo’s injury has reduced Hull to just 14 fit senior outfield players with less than four weeks until they host Premier League champions Leicester City on the opening day of the season.

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Mark Birighitti has represented Australia in age-group and senior internationals

Swansea City have signed Australia international goalkeeper Mark Birighitti on a free transfer.

The 25-year-old has agreed a two-year contract after leaving Australia A-League side Newcastle Jets.

Last year, Birighitti spent six months on loan at Varese, where he worked with Swans coach Gabriele Ambrosetti.

He is the fourth goalkeeper on Swansea’s senior books, alongside Lukasz Fabianski, Kristoffer Nordfeldt and Gerhard Tremmel.

Birighitti was named in the A-League’s 2015-16 team of the season after impressive displays for Jets, and has made one appearance for Australia – against China in 2013.

He was an unused substitute in the 2-1 defeat by England in May.

Birighitti has also represented his country at under-17, under-20 and under-23 level.

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