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Hull smash their club transfer record for Abel Hernandez and Mohamed Diame

By Rory Dollard

Hull City have completed the club-record signing of Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez and midfielder Mohamed Diame on a busy transfer deadline day.

Hernandez has been in east Yorkshire for several days and, having been granted a work permit on Friday, finally sealed his move from Serie A side Palermo for a fee in the region of £9.5million.

He was later joined by Diame's arrival from West Ham, ending a protracted chase by manager Steve Bruce. Both players have agreed three-year deals with the Tigers, with Hernandez having the option of a fourth.

Hernandez will fill the gap left by Shane Long, who joined Southampton in a surprise £12million move last month.

He has seven goals in 14 appearances for Uruguay and was part of their World Cup squad this summer having scored 14 goals last season as Palermo won Italy's Serie B title.

Bruce said: "Abel is a fantastic signing and highlights just how far the club has come in such a short space of time.

"He is an exciting talent and like myself, I'm sure the supporters can't wait to see him in action."

Senegal midfielder Diame, who knows the English game well having enjoyed three seasons at Wigan before joining the Hammers, is understood to have cost Hull around £3.5million.

"I'm delighted to welcome Mohamed to the Club," said Bruce.

"His experience, both at international level and in the Premier League, will be invaluable for us as we look to cement our place in the top-flight."

Bruce is keen to operate a bigger squad this season but still sanctioned the sale of George Boyd to Burnley on a three-year deal that was finalised early yesterday, with Joe Dudgeon extending his loan at Barnsley until January.

On Sunday, Bruce revealed another deal for had been done for an incoming player, with Republic of Ireland youth defender Brian Lenihan joining from Cork City.

Hull's Cork-born midfielder David Meyler is part of the senior Republic squad, and when asked about Lenihan yesterday, he said: "He's a fantastic young talent and hopefully he'll kick on.

"I watched him when I went home during the summer – I think he's a terrific player.

"He'll learn the ropes and hopefully he'll do well for Hull and break into the Irish team."

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