Hull City manager Grant McCann

EXCLUSIVE By Pete O’Rourke

Hull City are in advanced talks to sign newly-available defensive giant Ryan Tafazolli, Football Insider can reveal.

The Championship club are in the final stage of discussions with the 27-year-old, who became a free agent when his contract at Peterborough expired at the end of last month.

A Hull source has told Football Insider that the club are increasingly hopeful of tying up a deal for Tafazolli ahead of interest from rival Football League clubs.

The 6ft 4in centre-back has been targeted by new Hull boss Grant McCann, who knows him when from managing in League One at former club Doncaster Rovers.

McCann is convinced Tafazolli can be an excellent-value recruit as his club would not have to pay a transfer fee to get him.

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The former Southampton youngster established himself as one of the best young defenders outside the top two divisions during his three years at Peterborough.

He has accumulated over 250 appearances in his career since leaving St Mary’s in 2012, with those almost evenly split between League One and League Two.

Tafazolli would be making a step up by moving to the Championship, but it is a measure of his progress that he has also been the subject of strong interest from Swansea City in recent weeks.

In other Hull City news, it can be REVEALED that the club are keen on signing a Celtic attacking star.