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Hull confirm Long signing

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Hull City have completed the signing of striker Shane Long from West Bromwich Albion in a deal that could eventually be worth £7 million.

Tigers boss Steve Bruce had an offer for Long accepted earlier this month, and the final details of the move have now been completed.

Long joins Nikica Jelavic, who joined the club on Wednesday from Everton, in Hull's new-look strike force Steve Bruce hopes will keep them in the Premier League.

Long, 26, has signed a three-year deal and told Hull's official website: "I've met all of the lads today, and everybody seems really friendly.

"After meeting the manager [Bruce], and respecting what he's done as a player and a manager, I was happy to start a new part of my career here. Hopefully I can score a few goals to take us further up the league."

Baggies boss Pepe Mel will not be given any of the money received from Hull to strengthen his West Brom squad in the January window, with new arrivals being loan deals or free transfers.

Albion will bank around £5 million from Long immediately but are left short of attacking options since his departure. Mel has been told by chairman Jeremy Peace that the cash will be used to offset the £12 million spent on Stephane Sessegnon and Victor Anichebe in the summer.

"[Long's sale] is something I was told would be a possibility. I'm sure that West Brom are not going to sign Lionel Messi, but there are players who can come here and do a good job," Mel said.

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