Hull City manager Steve Bruce has admitted that he was left extremely disappointed when his bid for West Brom striker Shane Long collapsed at the last minute. The Irish forward appeared to be on his way to the KC Stadium in a club-record deal on transfer deadline day only for the Baggies to pull plug with just an hour of the window remaining with Long already in Hull.
While there have been conflicting reports from football betting outlets over the reason the transfer fell through so late on the final day of the transfer window, the truth was that Bruce appears to have put a lot of his hopes of signing a proven goalscorer before the end of the window. The Hull boss will be well aware of the importance of having a regular goalscorer if the Tigers are going to avoid being in a relegation fight come the final months of the season.
Although Bruce was able to agree a deal to bring Egyptian striker Gedo back to the club on loan from Al Ahly, missing out on signing Long has left the Hull manager frustrated.
“I’m obviously bitterly disappointed that we didn’t get Shane Long. That would have been the icing on the cake in terms of the squad we’re trying to get together. But unfortunately it didn’t happen. That’s West Brom’s prerogative, he’s their player and they changed their mind for whatever reason.”
But despite missing out on Long, Bruce can be fairly happy with his summer transfer dealings. Pundits on betting websites have noted that the arrival of Danny Graham, Jake Livermore, and Tom Huddlestone has given this Hull squad some real proven Premier League quality, but Bruce will still be looking at bringing in some extra firepower in attack when the January transfer window opens.