Hull City have completed the signing of Republic of Ireland striker Shane Long from fellow Premier League side West Brom for a fee in the region of €8m.
The 26-year-old Tipperary man has penned a three-and-a-half year contract with the Tigers and will wear the number 21 shirt.
In a statement on the club’s website, Long said he was delighted to make the switch the Hull and hopes to help the club climb further up the Premier League table.
“It’s a club that’s on the up, and I’m delighted to be a part of that,” said the former Reading man.
“After meeting the manager, and respecting what he’s done as a player and a manager, I was happy to start a new part of my career here and hopefully I can score a few goals to take us further up the league.”
Long joins fellow Irish internationals David Meyler, Robbie Brady, Paul McShane and Stephen Quinn at Hull.
“I’m lucky that I’ve had a few inside informers letting me know what it’s like up here. They all love it up here, and they’re excited by what is happening at the club.”
— Hull City Official (@hullcityteam) January 17, 2014
Long started his career with Cork City, before moving to Reading where he was part of the team that secured promotion to the Premier League in 2006.
After 23 goals for the Royals in the 2010/11 season, Long attracted interest from a number of clubs and moved to West Brom for £6.5m.
He scored only 19 goals in two-and-a-half seasons with the Baggies and the Irish international will be hoping to find goal-scoring form again with his new club.
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