Steve Bruce reveals Austin knee problem was behind failed medical

KNEE PROBLEM: Charlie Austin
KNEE PROBLEM: Charlie Austin

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has revealed that a knee problem was the reason the move for Clarets striker Charlie Austin fell through last night.

The 24-year-old failed a medical after the clubs had agreed a fee of £4.5m, with speculation that his old shoulder injury may have been the issue.

However, it has emerged that the issue lay with his knee, and Hull have closed the door on the deal, with Austin having time off with his family before rejoining the Burnley squad ahead of the trip to Cork City.

Bruce told talkSPORT: “We are obviously looking because we are all disappointed at what happened yesterday with Charlie.

“We will go back to the drawing board again and see, and I would expect us to still bring in two or three at least to try to give us a hand.

“We have brought in three at the moment - I would expect us to bring in another three at least to help us over the next 10 months.

“But as I said, we are going to go back to the drawing board now because there has been a lot of work on Charlie and I think he would have been great for us, but unfortunately, it doesn’t look as if it’s going to be.

“It’s an awful, awful, awful situation to find ourselves in, but unfortunately the medical is not great, so it looks as if it is a non-starter at the moment.

“I think he is surprised because he has not really missed any games over the last couple of years.

“It is a blow for him and it’s a blow for us, but there you go. These medicals are so stringent, things have progressed with scans and all the rest of it and obviously he has got a problem.”