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Striker replacement a Long way off

Hull City boss Steve Bruce says he's "not close" to signing a replacement for striker Shane Long who was surprisingly sold to Southampton for £12 million ahead of tomorrow's Premier League opener at QPR.

Steve Bruce says he is not close to signing a replacement for Shane Long
Steve Bruce says he is not close to signing a replacement for Shane Long

He was speaking at a news conference at the KC Stadium as the Tigers build up to the new season.

With European fixtures added to the calendar, Bruce was expected to reinforce his squad rather than allow outgoing transfers.

Saints land Long

Southampton have announced the signing of striker Shane Long from Hull.

The Republic of Ireland international only joined the Tigers from West Brom in January but now moves to St Mary's on a four-year deal.

Southampton stated on their Twitter feed: "OFFICIAL: #SaintsFC has completed the signing of @HullCity striker @Shanelong009 on a four-year contract.

Former Hull City striker Shane Long and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman
Former Hull City striker Shane Long and Southampton manager Ronald Koeman Credit: Southampton FC

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Highlights: Hull City v AS Trencin

Hull City find out this morning who they'll face in the next stage of the Europa League after winning their third qualifying round tie against AS Trencin last night. The Tigers found themselves behind after two minutes at the KC, but their quality shone through with a first half equaliser and a second half strike from Sone Aluko, which took Steve Bruce's men through.

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