Steve Bruce and Hull City have broken past their club record transfer fee in order to sign Abel Hernandez from Palermo, reports Sky Sports. The Uruguayan international has joined the Tigers for an undisclosed fee, but the Yorkshire side have confirmed that it surpasses the sum paid for Jake Livermore at an earlier point of this summer.
Hull paid £8 million to bring Livermore in as a permanent fixture of their side, having enjoyed the central midfielder on loan for the 2013/14 campaign. The club then worked to take Robert Snodgrass from Norwich for a similar fee. But, with the signing of Hernandez from the Serie A, Steve Bruce has once again pushed the club’s record transfer beyond what it once was.
The player comes in on the same day as George Boyd leaves the club, after the Scottish international signed for Burnley. Hernandez has also been drafted in as a replacement for Shane Long, who made a surprising shift from Hull to Southampton at an earlier date. Bruce pocketed £12 million as part of that deal, and is thought to have spent the majority of that sum on recruiting Hernandez.
The Uruguayan has signed on a three year deal, which includes the option for the club to extend for another 12 months. During his time with Palermo, Hernandez made 111 appearances and scored 31 goals. He generated a considerable reputation in Italy, and Hull will hope that he is able to bring his good form into the Premier League.