Hull City target Premier League striker: midfielder also on cards in deadline day raid
HULL City boss Steve Bruce hopes to land at least two new signings ahead of tonight's transfer deadline after making Sunderland winger Ahmed Elmohamady the seventh arrival of the summer window.
Bruce's protracted pursuit of Elmohamady finally ended yesterday when the Egyptian agreed terms on a season-long loan deal to be reunited with his former boss at the KC Stadium.
The capture ends a five-week period of inactivity for the Tigers, but Bruce is hopeful the breakthrough will be swiftly followed by a further two signings before tonight's 11pm deadline.
Although it is understood City's interest in Sunderland's David Meyler is not expected to result in a loan today, Bruce has launched moves to sign another midfielder and a Premier League striker.
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Talks had reached an advanced stage last night but it was unclear if City would be able to pull off a double transfer swoop ahead of tonight's deadline.
One of the two targets would require a nominal transfer fee.
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Bruce was reluctant to divulge the identity of his deadline day targets but admitted he is hopeful of making additions.
"We hope we can announce one or two things that are ongoing at the moment," he said.
"We're close to a few things but we're just hoping we can get them over the line."
Bruce could at least draw comfort from the signing of Elmohamady from Sunderland yesterday.
The 24-year-old, who is comfortable either as a right winger or at right-back, was first brought to England by Bruce when lured to the Stadium of Light in 2010.
Elmohamady made 60 appearances for Sunderland before Martin O'Neill's appointment last season saw his stock fall on Wearside.
A lack of opportunities have pushed the Egypt international towards the exit door this summer and Bruce was quick to declare an interest as far back as late June.
Sunderland's strengthening in the past week has finally paved the way for Elmohamady to leave and Bruce was delighted to see his former player take the step down into the Championship for a season.
"He's someone I brought over from Egypt and he did ever so well for me," said Bruce.
"He can play at right-back, right midfield, right wing- back, so he gives us plenty of options.
"He'll be a great signing for us I'm sure and will be an exciting player in the Championship.
"He played 40 odd games in the Premier League and got 40 odd caps for Egypt so he'll be an excellent addition for us."
Bruce did not envisage seeing any players leave the KC Stadium when he addressed the media ahead of tomorrow's Championship fixture with Bolton.
Portsmouth had made a bid to take defender Liam Cooper to Fratton Park on loan this week, but Bruce confirmed the centre-back has opted to stay with his hometown club and fight for his place.
"I don't think that's going to happen," said Bruce.
"I think the boy would rather stay here and that's his prerogative.
"I don't necessarily agree with that. I think he should have gone out and played like all the other young players but that's his call."