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Aaron Mclean may be recalled by Hull City, with Crystal Palace now looking favourites to sign DJ Campbell

PUBLISHED: 13:46 27 January 2013 | UPDATED: 08:08 28 January 2013

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HULL City manager Steve Bruce is considering recalling Aaron Mclean from his loan spell at Ipswich Town.

Having dropped down the pecking order at the promotion chasing Tigers, the striker was allowed to join the Blues until the end of the season recently.

However, after looking decidedly short of match sharpness during two starting appearances against Cardiff and Barnsley, the 29-year-old was dropped in favour of Daryl Murphy for Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at rock-bottom Bristol City.

“It might be that we recall Aaron Mclean, we’ve got to look at that one,” Bruce told the BBC, after his side lost 1-0 at home to Barnsley in the FA Cup on Saturday.

“We’ve put him out there to get games but today, for example, I’m looking to make a change and we’re a little bit short.”

Bruce has already made public his interest in former Blues loanee striker DJ Campbell, but it now looks as though Championship promotion rivals Crystal Palace are favourites.

Blues boss Mick McCarthy had been interested in signing the 31-year-old on a permanent basis after he scored 10 goals in 17 appearances for the club, but recently conceded defeat when revealing that the front man was on the verge of signing a three-year deal at an unnamed club.

That move was understood to be Hull, but the fact that Bruce is considering recalling Mclean may indicate that he is now unlikely to get his man.

Palace boss Ian Holloway had also made public his interest in signing Campbell – a player that did so well for him at Blackpool. The Eagles have just sold Wilfried Zaha to Manchester United for £15m and, with £10m of that fee paid up front, they now look the favourites to land Campbell.

Campbell played for QPR in their 4-2 FA Cup defeat to the MK Dons on Saturday.

Should Mclean return to Hull, McCarthy would be left with just two domestic loanees at the club in the form of Patrick Kisnorbo and David McGoldrick – the latter set to sign a two-year deal in the summer.

With McGoldrick and Murphy showing signs of a promising partnership at Ashton Gate on Saturday, McCarthy may decide to bring in a creative midfielder rather than a striker on loan.

He has already signalled his intention to bring in a keeper, possibly Stephen Henderson for a second spell from West Ham, while he also wants another right-back following Bradley Orr’s return to Blackburn.

Championship clubs can name a maximum of five domestic loanees in their matchday squads.

Former Ipswich Town and Norwich City players have recounted their East Anglian derby memories ahead of Sunday’s clash between the sides at Portman Road.

Norwich City will ‘never, ever be a bigger club than Ipswich Town’, says Blues legend Ray Crawford.

Norwich City travel to Ipswich Town for the latest episode of the East Anglian football derby on Sunday.

The wait is nearly over – the first East Anglian derby of the season takes place this Sunday lunchtime (12pm ko) as Ipswich Town host Norwich City at Portman Road.

Ipswich Town host Norwich City in the first East Anglian derby of the 2017/18 campaign this Sunday lunchtime (12pm ko).

Suffolk FA Women’s Cup

Ipswich Town 11

Walsham-le-Willows 0

Ipswich Town Ladies turned in another high class performance as they progressed to the second round of the Suffolk FA Women’s Cup with an 11-0 pasting of Walsham-le-Willows.

Norwich City striker Nelson Oliveira last night kicked off derby week with a shot at Ipswich Town – insisting the Canaries are a ‘better club’ than the Blues, and have ‘better players.’

Next Sunday’s derby now assumes even great significance after Saturday’s disappointing result at Bramall Lane, writes Northstander Terry Hunt.

The 2017/18 honeymoon period is well and truly over, the bubble has burst, normal service has resumed. Our beloved Ipswich are dropping back to where they belong – mid-table at best...

Consider this an East Anglian derby rallying cry.

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