Shane Long to Hull City: Striker Officially Completes Exit from West Brom

Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 16, 2014

NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 30:  Shane Long of West Bromwich Albion reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion at St James' Park on November 30, 2013 in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.  (Photo by Chris Brunskill/Getty Images)
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Shane Long has completed his move to the KC Stadium after Hull City announced his signing from West Brom on Friday:

 

The news comes in the same week that Hull secured the services of Nikica Jelavic for what's believed to be a club-record fee of £6.5 million plus add-ons, per Sky Sports.

The signings are a clear statement of intent from Steve Bruce, who is taking little time in adding extra firepower to his ranks this January.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25:  Shane Long of West Bromwich Albion celebrates as he scores their first goal during the Barclays Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa at The Hawthorns on November 25, 2013 in West Bromwich
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Long had less than 18 months remaining on his deal at the Hawthorns, and it seems the Baggies conceded defeat in their bid to keep the striker, having failed to settle upon new terms.

West Brom sporting director Richard Garlick spoke of the club's attempts to tie Long down with a new deal, per BBC Sport:

Despite our best endeavours, Shane has declined to sign a new contract. We began talking to Shane about a new contract last Spring and, during the ongoing negotiations, we made two offers which would have significantly increased his salary.

Those endeavours ultimately came to nought, with the report also saying that Long's price could rise to £7 million.

It shows significant investment from owner Assem Allam, who had previously plumped for the signature of Tom Huddlestone for £5 million over the summer, a then-record fee for the club.

DUBLIN, IRELAND - NOVEMBER 15:  Shane Long (L) of Ireland celebrates scoring a goal with Seamus Coleman during the International Friendly match between Republic of Ireland and Latvia at Aviva Stadium on November 15, 2013 in Dublin, Ireland.  (Photo by Ian
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With Long among his ranks, manager Bruce boasts an attacking lineup that looks capable of securing Premier League survival at least.

According to Transfermarkt, Long has scored just three goals in 11 starts this term, with the 26-year-old in and out of the West Brom starting XI.

However, WhoScored.com shows just how accurate the Irishman has been as a Baggie:

Both Long and Jelavic have shown prolific Premier League form in the past, and could be a valuable partnership if given proper ammunition.

Hull will hope the pair hit the ground running as the look to cement their Premier League status.