Hull City fans waited agonisingly at the club's training ground in Cottingham last night, but their patience was rewarded with a strong late spending spree which bodes well for hopes of Premier League consolidation this season.
Tigers fans were excited to see who Steve Bruce would bring in, as he promised the day before that he would bring two new midfielders to the squad. However, who those would be was a complete mystery until late last night.
Hernandez paves the way for busy day at Cottingham
Abel Hernandez joining in a club-record deal was the expected opening to deadline day at the KC, It was just a matter of time before the club announced the 24 year old becoming a Hull City player. At this time, there was still plenty of hours remaining in the transfer window to bring in these two new midfield maestros.
Rumours began to circulate that West Ham's Senegalese midfielder, Mo Diame, had arrived in Hull for a medical but the Hull fans were giving it the old saying "believing is seeing, and I don't see". But at approximately 5:30pm, a rather large Mercedes limousine turned up at the training ground gates with a suspected player in the back. It wasn't long after that Hull were finally greeted with Mo Diame as he politely came across to sign autograph and take pictures with the Hull fans.
After joining West Ham United in 2012 from Wigan Athletic, the 27-year old-made 71 appearances, managing to net 7 goals for the Hammers. As for his international career, the central midfielder has made 21 appearances for Senegal since his first call up in 2011 and managed no goals as of yet.
Hull fans consequently thought that Steve Bruce had finalised his business for the day. However, the lights went on and phones came back out once more as the Geordie boss looked unfinished.
Tigers roar late into deadline day
At approximately 8:30pm there was at least 100 fans at the gates waiting for another uncertain arrival. One Hull fan said "I come here every deadline day and there is nowhere near on God's earth this many here for a deadline day.
"It's great to see a huge turnout because it shows how loyal our fans really are."
At approximately 9:15pm, Hull City's owner Assem Allam came over to the gates to greet the Hull fans with some thrilling news. "One player is coming here now". That is all he said, but it was enough to get the tension rising with just 105 minutes remaining until the deadline.
Ramirez handed Premier League lifeline
Rumours began to spill through that Stephane Sessegnon was due to move until Sky Sports News reporter Richard Graves confirmed that the player on his way was Newcastle United's Hatem Ben Arfa. But what he said afterwards was what shocked everyone. He announced that Hull had signed Southampton central attacking midfielder, Gaston Ramirez, on a season long loan.
The Uruguayan has suspectedly been brought in by Steve Bruce as a connection player between the midfield and attack to feed his international colleague, Abel Hernandez. The 23-year-old joined his former club Southampton in 2012 and since has made 44 appearances for the Saints, scoring 6 goals. He is also a regular for Uruguay, making 31 appearances, however has failed to find the back of the net in that time.
Ben Arfa makes last-ditch switch
Now, it was just a matter of time before Hatem Ben Arfa would arrive but he was certainly pushing his luck with 20 minutes to go until the transfer window would shut and still no sign. But thankfully, Hull fans could breathe a breath of fresh air as officials stated that the club had been given a two hour extension, ensuring that the 27 year old would be able to sign in time. Then at approximately 23:20 GMT a BMW strolled up the street with a very happy looking Frenchman sat in the front who brought his window down to shake hands with the fans who certainly gave him a warm welcome, applauding him and chanting his name.
Ben Arfa signed for Newcastle from Marseille in 2010, making 76 appearances and scoring 13 goals for the Magpies. He occasionally gets called up to the French national team where he has made 13 appearances, scoring just twice since his first call up in 2007.
All in all, it was definitely worth the wait for Hull fans at the training ground. Some had been there for 15 hours! Some only for a couple. But no matter what, they showed their loyalty and Assem Allam showed his loyalty back as he ordered pizzas from a local takeaway shop for all of the fans. A great day for Hull fans overall.