14:24 2nd September 2014
Manager thanks and praises owners for their financial backing during a busy few weeks....
Steve Bruce says he is pleased with the ‘fantastic’ business done by Hull City during the summer transfer window and has praised and thanked club owners the Allam family for their financial backing.
In the most exciting transfer window in the club’s history, the Tigers have brought in no fewer than 11 players, including four on an incredible deadline day, and have broken the Club’s transfer record on more than one occasion.
Uruguayan international striker Abel Hernandez became City’s most expensive signing ever when arriving from Italian side Palermo on Monday, and was joined by fellow countryman Gaston Ramirez, Senegalese midfielder Mohamed Diame and Frenchman Hatem Ben Arfa during a dramatic final few hours of the window.
They join a squad that had already been bolstered by the summer signings of Jake Livermore, Robert Snodgrass, Tom Ince, Harry Maguire, Andrew Robertson, Michael Dawson and Brian Lenihan, and Bruce is pleased with the work he has been able to do in the transfer market.
“A lot of people have worked tirelessly and I think we have done some fantastic business,” said Bruce.
“But again, the big pat on the back has to go to the people that employ me. When we were having discussions about the sale of Shane Long a few weeks ago, they said it wasn’t a problem to reinvest the money we received.
“There is a real trust there between them and me and the supporters that we’re going to do the best that we possibly can.
“They’ve proved that again with what we’ve been able to do in this transfer window. Now it’s up to me to make sure that the players gel together and get us up and running.”
Bruce believes his four deadline day signings will each bring something a little bit different to his squad and he is looking forward to working with the new quartet.
“They’re all highly talented,” added Bruce.
“Hernandez is going to be a really exciting one for the supporters. He’s going to be the main striker for Uruguay in a few days time, and they are ranked sixth in the world.
“We’ve got the experience of Diame who has been in the Premier League for the last six years and is a player we know all about.
“Ramirez is a very skilful footballer and unfortunately for him, it hasn’t turned out as he envisaged at Southampton.
“And the icing on the cake was Ben Arfa, a little bit of a maverick. 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.”
Although the additions of Hernandez and Diame had been touted for a number of days, the loan arrivals of Ramirez and Ben Arfa caught many by surprise – but not Bruce.
“I’ve been monitoring Ben Arfa for a couple of weeks and we quietly made it happen,” revealed Bruce.
“I was thinking ‘nobody has gone in for him, let’s hope it stays that way’ and it played into our hands on Monday. I didn’t think it would be possible to do a loan deal, but the later it got the more beneficial it became. With a bit of patience and a bit of luck, we’ve managed to pull in a really good player.
“It looks as though we’ve brought a large number of players in, but when you look at who has gone out and the injury to Snodgrass it just about tallies up.”
Monday’s flurry of transfer activity went against Bruce’s intention of having all business completed well in advance of deadline day, but he admitted you can never tell what is going to happen in football.
“We certainly didn’t envisage such a hectic final day, but sometimes needs must,” Bruce added.
“The thing about football is that it’s instant. You get an injury, somebody bids for your striker, a bid comes in for a midfielder.....suddenly you’re three or four players short.
“We put a lot of work in to identify targets and thankfully we’ve managed to get them in.”