Hull City boss Steve Bruce has expressed his surprise at being able to land Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa on loan until the end of the season.
Ben Arfa was one of four deadline day signings by the Tigers along with record signing Abel Hernandez, Gaston Ramirez and Mohamed Diame.
His departure has caused some consternation on Tyneside with former Magpie Olivier Bernard describing the club's decision as "a big gamble".
Bruce had been watching Ben Arfa since he fell out of favour at St James' Park but with plenty of other interest he was not convinced a short-term deal would be possible.
Bruce told his club's official website:
"I've been monitoring Ben Arfa for a couple of weeks and we quietly made it happen.
"I didn't think it would be possible to do a loan deal, but the later it gotthe more beneficial it became. With a bit of patience and luck, we've managed to pull in a really good player.
"We all know he is a wonderful talent and although it has gone a little bit sideways for him at Newcastle in the last couple of months, he'll bring that little bit of flair and creativity that every team needs."
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