In Greek lore, the Siren were enchanting creatures who lured seamen to shore with their ample bosoms, beautiful song and captivating voices in order for them to shipwreck on the rocks.
While Steve Bruce may indeed share some of the chesty qualities of these mythological beings, it’s hard to imagine his singing voice being quite as beautiful.
Nevertheless, he is doing his best to lure Yaya Sanogo to Hull City on loan. Yesterday, Arsene Wenger confirmed The Tigers were one of the clubs interested in the young French striker, and Bruce backed that up by singing (aha!) the praises of the former Auxerre man.
“I don’t know how many starts he’s had,” he said, “but he played against us in the cup final and I was very impressed with him. I saw him play for Arsenal against Dortmund in the Champions League as well.
“For the French under-21s he’s been nothing short of fantastic. I saw a game when they beat England and I thought he was terrific.
“When you take a young boy, especially a striker, it’s a question of whether they can come and do it. I took Nicklas Bendtner when he was 18 and he won me the Championship.”
Bruce was backed by hefty midfielder Tom Huddlestone who said, “I was speaking to a couple of the lads yesterday when we heard the rumour and they were saying he’s a handful.
“He’s an intelligent footballer for one so young. The times I’ve seen him at Arsenal, I think he’s done very well.
“He’s been a bit unlucky at Arsenal in front of goal and at the highest level, which Arsenal is, you probably need to be a bit more clinical but football-wise he’s done well. He’s impressed me.”
It does look as if something’s going to happen sooner rather than later, but Hull face competition from Crystal Palace whose managerlessness might be an issue.