Winning in the Long run: Hull city in double striker swoop

Hull have confirmed the signing of Shane Long from West Brom, taking their week's spending to around £14million following the capture of Nikica Jelavic.

Long: Everyone seems really friendly

Long was close to signing for the Tigers on deadline day in September and was at the club's training ground when West Brom pulled the plug as their own pursuit of Romelu Lukaku faltered.

Long almost joined Hull in the Summer Credit: Press Association

Manager Steve Bruce maintained an interest in the player and received the green light from new Baggies boss Pepe Mel when a new enquiry was made this month.

Long, who joins fellow Republic of Ireland internationals David Meyler, Robbie Brady, Paul McShane and Stephen Quinn in East Yorkshire, said: "I finally got the deal signed. I've met all of the lads today, and everybody seems really friendly.

New man, Long, will wear the No. 21 shirt Credit: @hullcityteam

"It's a club that's on the up, and I'm delighted to be a part of that.

"I'm lucky that I've had a few inside informers letting me know what it's like up here. They all love it up here, and they're excited by what is happening at the club.

"After meeting the manager, and respecting what he's done as a player and a manager, I was happy to start a new part of my career here and hopefully I can score a few goals to take us further up the league."

Long could make Hull debut on Saturday

Hull have confirmed the signing of Shane Long from West Brom, taking their week's spending to around £14million following the capture of Nikica Jelavic.

Shane Long is Hull's second striker to sign in the space of three days Credit: @hullcityteam

Jelavic was signed from Everton for an initial £6.5million, rising by an additional £1million should the Tigers stay in the Barclays Premier League, and the undisclosed deal for Republic of Ireland striker Long is understood to be worth a similar amount.

West Brom agreed a fee for Long on Thursday, with the player having a medical with Hull on the same day.

Personal terms were finalised on a three-and-a-half-year deal on Friday morning and Long's paperwork was cleared in time for the 26-year-old to be available for the Barclays Premier League trip to Norwich.

New striker will wear the No. 21 shirt.

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Winning in the Long run: Hull snare striker

Hull City have signed their second striker in three days - capturing West Brom's Shane Long.

In a bid to boost his side's firepower, Bruce has been backed by controversial owner, Assem Allam by bringing in the 26 year-old for an undisclosed fee.

Shane Long is Hull's second striker to sign in the space of three days Credit: @hullcityteam

The Ireland international signed a three and a half year deal with the Tigers, after the Baggies failed to pin him down to a new deal.

Long was close to joining Steve Bruce's side in September when a private jet was chartered to fly him from the Republic of Ireland's international camp to Hull's training ground.

A move seemed imminent only for West Brom to pull the plug when their own pursuit of Romelu Lukaku fell through.

Long almost joined Hull in the Summer Credit: Press Association

Hull's interest remained, but the move looked to be on the rocks last week when Long's pregnant wife Kayleah suggested he would be staying with West Brom, tweeting: "Not going anywhere! Told Shane happy here & with baby on way it not worth the stress when still in contract! He agreed?? #happydays."

Long scored 22 goals in 87 appearances for West Brom, and 10 in 43 international appearances.

Watch Long score for Ireland at Wembley

Bruce hails Allam's funding

Hull manager Steve Bruce has hailed the club's divisive owner Assem Allam for pledging a "colossal sum of money" to fund moves for Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long.

Bruce is being backed heavily in the transfer window Credit: Press Association

Jelavic will make his Hull debut at Norwich on Saturday having signed from Everton for a club record fee that could rise to £7.5million, while West Brom forward Long had a medical on Thursday and is on the verge of joining for a similar fee.

The double move is a considerable coup for a side who were plying their trade in the second tier last season but, instead of being praised by fans, Allam is under fire for his controversial plans to rebrand the club as Hull Tigers and his recent threat to walk away if it is stymied.

Allam has been under fire for wanting to change the club's name Credit: Press Association

Bruce has attempted to play peacemaker between the two parties at various times this season, but feels Allam's financial backing says everything about his commitment to Hull.

"It's a colossal sum of money for us," he said.

Allam has already spent big on striker Nikica Jelavic Credit: Press Association

"He (Allam) doesn't have to make any more statements than what he has just done. The most important thing for me is the two players we are bringing in to wear the shirt, who will significantly add to the squad and make us better and bigger and keep us in this division for the next few years."

Hull hope to heap more woe on struggling Norwich tomorrow.

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Long has Tigers medical

West Brom striker Shane Long is edging closer to joining Nikica Jelavic at Hull after undergoing a medical at the club.

Shane Long is edging closer to signing for Hull Credit: Press Association

After a relatively prudent summer recruitment drive, Tigers boss Steve Bruce has moved emphatically to add to his squad's fire power with Jelavic's club record signing confirmed on Wednesday and Long set to follow after terms were agreed with the Baggies.

The fees attached to both players could rise past £7million, each breaking the #5.25million club record that brought Tom Huddlestone to the KC Stadium last summer.

"He (Long) is having a medical as we speak. You're never 100 per cent sure but we would hope if he has gone for a second lot of scans we're as close as we can be," Bruce said.

"We've got everything in place, so we just need him to sign and that is that.

"Discussions on personal terms are ongoing. We think we're close in that department too.

"Hopefully the medical is alright, hopefully personal terms are agreed and we have something for you tonight or tomorrow morning."

Click here to watch Long's goal for Ireland against England

New man Jelavic pens open letter to Everton fans

New Hull striker Nikica Jelavic has written an open letter to Everton fans in which he admits his concerns over his World Cup place forced him to move.

Jelavic signed for Hull on Wednesday Credit: Hullcitytigers.com

The Croatia international completed his transfer on Wednesday and hopes a new start at the KC Stadium will help him ahead of this summer's tournament in Brazil.

However, despite a disappointing second half to his two-year stay on Merseyside, the 28-year-old expressed his gratitude.

"I'd like to take this opportunity to thank the Everton fans from the bottom of my heart for their support," he wrote in his letter, published in the Liverpool Echo.

Jelavic spent two years on Merseyside Credit: Press Association

"Playing for Croatia is something I also take huge pride in and with a World Cup on the horizon I was in the situation of needing to play more games to make sure I remain in Niko Kovac's thoughts ahead of the tournament in Brazil.

"When I went to meet Steve Bruce I realised it was the right move to a club with the potential to become a top Premier League outfit. Steve's ambition was clear, as was his desire to see me playing and scoring goals.

"Hvala vam i sretno (Thank you and good luck)."

Hull near Long switch after Summer frustration

The 26-year-old has six months remaining on his current Baggies deal, with the club retaining an option of an extra year.

But Albion's sporting director Richard Garlick said the decision to accept Hull's offer came after attempts to pin Long down to a new contract proved unsuccessful.

Long almost joined Hull in the Summer Credit: Press Association

He told the club's official website: "We began talking to Shane about a new contract last spring and, during the ongoing negotiations, we made him two offers which would have significantly increased his salary.

"However, despite our best endeavours, Shane has declined to sign a new contract.

"Shane effectively only has 18 months left on his deal and with him no closer to accepting our terms and then Hull making an acceptable offer, we felt it was in the club's best interests to accept the bid."

Long was close to joining Steve Bruce's side in September when a private jet was chartered to fly him from the Republic of Ireland's international camp to Hull's training ground.

Long's deal could be completed in time for the weekend Credit: Press Association

A move seemed imminent only for West Brom to pull the plug when their own pursuit of Romelu Lukaku fell through.

Long, who is understood to be of interest to other teams in the Premier League including Stoke, now has a decision to make.

Last week his pregnant wife Kayleah suggested he would be staying with West Brom, tweeting: "Not going anywhere! Told Shane happy here & with baby on way it not worth the stress when still in contract! He agreed?? #happydays."

Bruce, who was able to persuade Jelavic to swap Goodison Park for the KC Stadium, must now convince Long to join him.

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