Hull fear Robert Koren exit as talk of Leicester move grows

Robert Koren

Hull City manager Steve Bruce fears Robert Koren will leave amid mounting speculation he is about to be re-united with Nigel Pearson at Leicester City.

Foxes boss and former Tigers manager Pearson was linked with Koren in January and the 31-year-old midfielder has a buy-out deal in his contract.

"We've opened up negotiations with Robert and we've spoke to his agent," Bruce said. "I hope to keep him.

"But he has a buy-out clause. There's a problem there for us."

Koren is entering the final year of his Tigers contract and the buy-out figure is believed to be £500,000.

And although Bruce had said he was hopeful of keeping Koren, he is now not so confident.

Bruce added: "If a club comes in with the value then we're essentially powerless and that's unfortunate.

"If someone matches that price and he wants to go, then that's that."