Brown desperate to hold on to Turner
Published : 28 Aug 2009 13:52:00
Manager Phil Brown has reiterated his desire to keep highly-rated centre-half Michael Turner at Hull. The Tigers travel to Molineux in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday with the transfer window nearing its close and speculation hotting up, particularly following the completion of Joleon Lescott's protracted switch from Everton to Manchester City. Turner is one of Hull's most prized assets and has been linked with a move away from the KC Stadium for some time after a string of impressive performances since their promotion to the top flight. Sunderland manager Steve Bruce is the latest to make an enquiry about the player, but Brown is determined to hang on to his man. "This centre-half merry-go-round began as soon as Joleon Lescott moved to Manchester City and lo and behold, there are three or four centre-halves that have moved," Brown said. "We are trying desperately to hang on to Michael Turner and fingers crossed we can be successful in that area. He (Bruce) is not the only one, we've had enquiries from three or four Premier League teams and fortunately we've managed to hang on to him. "The market is so volatile. Twenty-four million pounds for Joleon Lescott just shows you how ridiculous the game has gone. People will pay it though, and if they are willing to, there is going to be a cascading effect. Unfortunately we're underneath the big boys and we have to wait for these things to happen."