Hull City director Nick Thompson has aired his frustration at the club's failure to sign West Bromwich Albion and Ireland striker Shane Long.
The newly-promoted club had agreed a deal for the 26-year-old leading-up to transfer deadline day. This was supposed to be in the region of £5.5m.
However, the Baggies supposedly conditioned the deal on the basis that they would need to add to their own squad first. The west Midlands club, who already had Nicolas Anelka in the squad, then signed Stephane Sessegnon from Sunderland and Victor Anichebe from Everton. But no deal for Long was completed.
"It's enormously disappointing, of course, but West Brom had made it clear it would be conditional on them doing their own business," he said.
It seemed that with Steve Clarke securing two new strikers, it would be likely that the deal for Long would go through, but this was not the case.
"They came to the stage late in the day that they no longer wanted to do the deal," he added.
Hull are not short of strikers but are lacking in experienced Premier League goalscorers but Thompson is not holding a grudge against Long or his club.
"That's understandable because you look after your interests as a football club, but it was hard to take coming so late in the day," he concluded.
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