Hull City are stepping up their interest in Burnley striker Charlie Austin.

The Hull Daily Mail says there is a very firm interest from the Tigers in Austin again, and City even made an approach under Bruce for the 23-year-old in the January transfer window last season.

At the time, with Burnley still pressing for a place in the play-offs, the Clarets rejected the Tigers' approach.

Such a stance would not be so easy with City now able to offer Premier League football, and with Austin entering the final year of his current deal, Burnley will struggle to hold on.