No bonus for Steve Bruce on transfer deadline day
Transfer deadline day had Hull City linked with several Premier League strikers including Arsenal’s Niklas Bendtner, Fulham’s Hugo Rodallega, Everton’s Victor Anichebe and free agent Carlton Cole. But it was the West Brom striker Shane Long who looked most likely to be signing at the KC Stadium for a club record fee of over £5m.
September 3rd, 2013
The young Irishman took a late plane from the Republic of Ireland training camp to have personal talks with City officials, agreed terms, had a medical and was only a matter of minutes from completing the transfer when it was called off.
Long, who has one year remaining on his deal at the Hawthorns, would have been City’s 11th signing of the summer. However, a successful conclusion depended on West Brom strengthening significantly, and manager Steve Clarke appears to have pulled the plug on the Long deal after failing to land Romelu Lukaku on loan from Chelsea. Lukaku has instead moved to Everton on loan.
Long would have been a great addition for the Tigers having scored 44 goals in 175 appearances for Reading, and 16 Premier League goals in 69 appearances with the Baggies.
Bruce has at least secured the services of former loanee Mohamed Nagy “Gedo’” from Egyptian club Ahly. The 28-year-old joined Hull in January and scored five goals in his 12 appearances before a foot injury cut short his stay. The forward is perhaps best known for scoring five goals in the 2010 African Cup of Nations to guide Egypt to a record-breaking seventh continental title.
The Tigers put in a creditable performance against Manchester City at the Etihad last weekend but were unable to capitalize on the hatful of chances they created. The capture of a Long would have significantly improved the strike force and it must have been extremely frustrating for the manager to lose out at such a late stage.
The recent additions of Jake Livermore and Tom Huddlestone will have given the Tigers a boost, but despite a total summer outlay of £13m, Bruce will be frustrated that the squad is still relatively inexperienced in Premier League terms.
(Photograph of Shane Long by Rob Wingfield licensed under Creative Commons.)