Done Deal: Shane Long Joins Hull City

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Hull City have completed the signing of West Bromwich Albion striker Shane Long for an undisclosed fee bringing a close to months of speculation, Sky Sports reports.

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The Republic of Ireland international passed a medical with the Tigers on Thursday before completing the formalities on the deal on Friday afternoon and will be in the frame to make his debut against Norwich City on Saturday.

Long has put pen-to-paper on the three and a half year deal just days after Croatian hit man Nikica Jelavic joined from Everton.

His arrival pushes Steve Bruce’s spending on strikers over the £10m mark already this month, and he will add some considerable firepower to a side that has managed just 22 goals in 21 games this term.

“I finally got the deal signed,” Long told the club website. “I’ve met all the lads and everybody seems really friendly. It’s a club that’s on the up, and I’m delighted to be a part of that.”

Long’s fellow Irishmen Paul McShane and Robbie Brady are already at the KC Stadium, and he said: “I’m lucky I’ve had a few inside informers letting me know what it’s like up here. They all love it, 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.”

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