Hull manager Steve Bruce has confessed that he hopes to keep Jake Livermore beyond his season-long loan deal.

The midfielder joined the Tigers from Tottenham over the summer in search of regular action after slipping down the pecking order at White Hart Lane.

He has been a key man in Hull’s starting XI ever since completing the switch, forming an impressive midfield combination with another Spurs old boy in the shape of Tom Huddlestone.

The 23-year-old is still valued highly by the London club, but Bruce is hopeful that guaranteed first-team action will be enough to help the newly promoted side keep hold Livermore.

“I would love to keep Jake if I could, so we’ll have to see if there is a deal to be done,” Bruce told Sky Sports.

“But I’m sure Daniel Levy, the Tottenham chairman, will want the Humber Bridge and the receipts that go with it for him.

“I haven’t asked yet, but we shall do our utmost to see if we can make it permanent. At the moment, we are just happy to have him.

“The big thing for Jake is that he is playing games regularly. He has played eight games in a row in the Premier League for us this season, and that’s something he has never done before. It is great for him, and he looks like he’s enjoying it.

“When I eventually left Manchester United it was because I didn’t want to be a bit-part player.

“We all want to play at the top but, when the big games come around and you are not involved, if you’ve got anything about you as a footballer you just want to get out and play somewhere.”

Livermore is hopeful that he can mirror the impact Andros Townsend has had at Spurs since his loan deal last season.

The winger impressed QPR and has now forced his way into Andre Villas-Boas’ first-team squad.

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