Hull manager Steve Bruce says he would love to take Jake Livermore from Tottenham on a permanent basis, though he insists that Spurs will have the final word over where the midfielder goes.
Livermore made the move from Tottenham's youth squad into the senior line-up in 2008 but has since had seven loan spells away from the club. He failed to make a big impression at the likes of Molton Keynes, Crewe, Derby and Leeds but at Hull the 24 year old is receiving regular game time for perhaps the first time in his senior career.
The one-time England international appeared open to the idea of a permanent move from Tottenham, claiming in November that he is loving life with Hull and Bruce has now confirmed that the Premier League newcomers will try and sign him either in January or next summer.
"I'd love to do a deal for Jake if it's possible," the manager told reporters.
"But he's Tottenham's player. I'll have a conversation and the key to it is Spurs. Jake has now played 15 times for us this season and done very well for us.
"It's in their corner because he's their player and whether they are willing to sell is a big question."
Livermore has certainly had a few more loan moves than the average Premier League player and while some reports have claimed he might still have a long-term future at White Hart Lane he has admitted he's looking for a place to call home.
"I'm quite prepared for the question to be asked," said Livermore when asked whether he thought Steve Bruce wanted him to remain at the KC Stadium. "Of course, there's no reason why I wouldn't look at it. They've got all the ground work to be a massive club and to go forward.
"That's what it feels like, it feels as if I need a home now in football. I'm happy coming in each day and doing my business so we'll wait and see in January or at the end of the season."