Bruce stands firm on Aluko

  • Last Updated: April 24 2014, 10:44 BST

Hull City boss Steve Bruce has placed a £7million price tag on unsettled forward Sone Aluko.

Sone Aluko: Won't be sold on the cheap by Steve Bruce
Sone Aluko: Won't be sold on the cheap by Steve Bruce

Aluko is frustrated with his recent lack of first-team action after returning to fitness following a four-month lay-off.

The Nigeria international is reportedly considering his future at the KC Stadium despite signing a new two-and-a-half-year deal earlier this year.

Bruce insists Aluko remains a big part of his plans despite dropping down the pecking order behind January signings Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic, and claims the former Birmingham and Rangers man will not be allowed to leave on the cheap if he wants to quit.

"In my eyes, Sone is a £7m player," Bruce said in the Daily Star. "I can understand his frustration because, if you are not playing and you've got something about you, then of course you question it.

"At the end of the day a player only thinks of one thing, and that's himself. I was the same - if you are not playing, you're not happy.

"But, just because we paid £7m each for Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic in January, it doesn't mean Sone is out on his ear.

"I see Sone as a big part of what we are trying to do here, but we need to get him fully fit and back to being the player I know he is."