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Tuesday 02 September 2014

Hull City sign Hernandez for club record fee

Striker moves to the KC Stadium on a busy transfer deadline day for the Tigers

  • Abel Hernandez played for Uruguay at this summer's FIFA World Cup

  • Mohamed Diame joins Hull City after two seasons at West Ham United

Hull City were one of the busiest clubs on transfer deadline day with five players moving to the KC Stadium.

Uruguay international striker Abel Hernandez was the stand out capture, completing his move to Hull City from Palermo for an undisclosed club record fee.

The 24-year-old, who made two substitute appearances for his country at the FIFA World Cup in Brazil, has signed a three-year contract to become Hull City's eighth signing of the summer. The club have the option of extending that deal to a fourth year.

"Abel is a fantastic signing and highlights just how far the Club has come in such a short space of time," manager Steve Bruce told "He is an exciting talent and like myself, I'm sure the supporters can't wait to see him in action."

"He is an exciting talent"
Steve Bruce on Abel Hernandez

Hernandez has been with Serie A side Palermo for five seasons, where he partnered fellow countryman Edinson Cavani, while he has scored seven goals in 14 appearances for Uruguay.

Fellow Uruguayan Gaston Ramirez also joined Hull City on Monday night, the attacking midfielder signing on loan for the rest of the season.

Ramirez, who also played at this summer's World Cup, has spent the last two seasons at Southampton where he has made 45 BPL appearances, scoring six goals.

Another addition to the Hull City squad is Hatem Ben Arfa, who moves to the club on season-long loan from Newcastle United.

The 27-year-old, who joined the Magpies in 2011, has made 76 Barclays Premier League appearances for Newcastle United, scoring 13 goals.

"Hatem is a superb addition to the squad, and brings a lot of attacking flare," said Bruce. 

Midfielder Mohamed Diame joins from West Ham United after signing a three-year contract. The 27-year-old, who has been with West Ham United since 2012, has made 167 Barclays Premier League appearances for the Hammers and Wigan Athletic.

"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," added Bruce.

Last season's FA Cup finalists started transfer deadline day with the capture of 20-year-old right-back Brian Lenihan for an undisclosed fee.

Lenihan, who has been capped by the Republic of Ireland at Under-19 level, moves from Cork City after signing a three-year contract.

"We've beaten off a lot of competition to get him and I'm very pleased about that," said Bruce.

Hull City's next match in the Barclays Premier League is at home to West Ham United on Monday, 15 September.

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