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

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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.

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