Hull City: Kevin Kilbane Cuts for the Blades

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IJanuary 20, 2010

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 26:  Fernando Torres of Liverpool is tackled by Kevin Kilbane of Hull City during the Barclays Premier League match between Liverpool and Hull City at Anfield on September 26, 2009 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
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It is rumored that Irish international utility player Kevin Kilbane may be on his way out of the KC Stadium, with Kyle Walker moving in the opposite direction.

Sheffield United's manager Kevin Blackwell is known to be an admirer of the experienced Kilbane and feels his team needs experience to make a concerted push for promotion.

With the Blades sitting just inside the playoff places, in sixth place in the Championship, the vastly experienced Irishman would certainly give the South Yorkshire team some much needed steel to their defence.

The Blades are currently 11 points behind second placed Nottingham Forest with a goal difference of three, in comparison to third placed West Brom's GD of 24, Forest's GD of 19, and Championship leaders Newcastle United who have 14 points lead on the Blades and a GD of 25.

Kilbane is also on the radar of Wolverhampton Wanderers. Wolves manager, Mick McCarthy, has targeted the Irishman as a player that could provide his floundering Wolves team with the experience needed to help his fledgling Premiership team survive their first season in the top flight.

However, for Hull City, the chance to get one of the Premiership's up and coming players, in Walker, it may be just what Phil Brown is looking for, to make the trade with Sheffield United.

Unfortunately for the Tigers, Walker is only on loan to Sheffield United from Tottenham Hotspur, and any deal for him would have to be sanctioned by the London club. The fact that Walker has only played for the Blades this season would certainly help the Tigers, as a player is only allowed to play for two Premiership teams in a season, so he would still be eligible to move across Yorkshire.

The Tigers currently have only one English based loan player, in Ibrahima Sonko from Stoke City, so there is still the option to fill the remaining home based loan spot.