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Tigers on prowl for Panucci

Roma defender discussing move until end of the season

Last Updated: 02/02/09 7:55am

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Panucci: In Tigers talks

Panucci: In Tigers talks

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Sky Sports News understands Hull City are in talks to sign Roma's veteran defender Christian Panucci on a deal until the end of the season.

Tigers boss Phil Brown was priced out of a move for John Arne Riise earlier in January and has now turned his attention to the full-back's Roma team-mate.

Panucci is looking to quit the Italian club after a bust-up with Luciano Spalletti last weekend when he was sent to the stands after being named as a substitute for the game with Napoli.

The 35-year-old is out of contract at the end of the season and admitted earlier this week that he wants to leave the Serie A club.

"I understand there is no more faith in me," Panucci told Gazzetta dello Sport. "I'm sorry, but what happened is the consequence of the last few months.

"I believe a lot in personal relationships, but when there aren't any, it's difficult. I informed the club and coach Spalletti.

"I don't want to think about retiring. Staying in Italy or going abroad, for me it's the same."

Panucci has previous experience of the Premier League after spending a brief spell with Chelsea during the 2000/01 season.

The Italian's experience could prove to be a useful asset to the Tigers as Brown looks to keep the club in the Premier League.

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