Tigers boss Steve Bruce wants to strengthen City’s midfield as he plots his side’s route to top flight safety, and is targeting a £3.9m swoop for the former Portsmouth ball winner.

Bruce splashed £14m on bringing in strikers Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long from Everton and West Brom last week.

But now he is looking to bolster his engine room after three successive league defeats which have left the Humberside outfit hovering just five points above the drop zone.

Ghana international Muntari, 29, is up for grabs at Milan following the sacking of coach Massimiliano Allegri last week.

Muntari, who joined AC on a free from bitter San Siro rivals Inter 18 months ago, was an automatic choice under Allegri.