Manager Steve Bruce was unable to complete a move with West Bromwich Albion for the forward, while this weekend's competitors did the opposite by clinching the signature of Peter Odemwingie from The Hawthorns.
The Tigers have one win under their belts since getting promoted to the top flight from the Championship, but a 2-0 defeat to Manchester City left them in 18th place in the table before the international break.
The big-spending Welsh outfit could enlist the services of Odemwingie during the clash, but Fraizer Campbell's positive form could keep him up front for the Bluebirds.
Hull City: LWL
Cardiff City: LWD
Possible starting lineups
Hull City: McGregor; Figueroa, Chester, Davies, Elmohamady; Huddlestone, Koren, Livermore, Brady; Aluko, Graham
Cardiff City: Marshall; Connolly, Taylor, Caulker, Turner; Whittingham, Medel, Kim, Gunnarsson, Bellamy; Campbell
Sports Mole says: 1-2