Hull complete Hunt and Ghilas transfers

Hull manager Phil Brown today unveiled new signings Stephen Hunt and Kamel Ghilas and revealed he was still hopeful of adding Real Madrid's Alvaro Negredo to his squad.

Republic of Ireland international midfielder Hunt, 28, joins from Reading, while 25-year-old Algeria striker Ghilas moves from Celta Vigo.

The fees for both players are undisclosed and each have agreed four-year contracts at the KC Stadium.

But it is the potential signing of Real forward Negredo which is likely to cause the greatest stir, with Hull doing battle with the likes of Roma, Zenit St Petersburg and Villarreal for the £12million rated player.

Tigers' boss Brown said: "These are two more additions and they will add strength and depth to the squad. Stephen is well known in the English leagues and we are hopeful he will add strength to the midfield with regard to scoring goals and providing goals.

"Kamel is a product of our scouting network. We've worked long and hard scanning Italy, Spain, Germany and a few other places. A lot of people may not know Kamel now but that will change over the course of the season.

"As for Negredo, it has been four to six weeks since we first started speaking to Real Madrid but it is hard dealing with a club of that stature. In terms of European football they are number one, two or three."

He added: "There are times when you think it is 95% certain and then something happens and it's 50-50 again.

"But we're still working on it. In time for the Chelsea game on Saturday? I don't know."

Negredo's agent claims the 23-year-old's preferred destination is Roma.

But the Serie A club are reportedly keen to bring in Negredo on a loan deal, something Madrid are not prepared to accept.

Roma have been slow in the transfer market this summer and need to sell before they can afford to buy but Alejandro Camano insists his client is not prepared to wait for long.

"Negredo wants Roma but...," he told Corriere dello Sport.

"We are ready to wait for Roma for another two or three days, (sporting director) Daniele Prade knows all this, as he knows the player's choice would be the Giallorossi shirt. Negredo would be honoured to play for Roma.

"But Real, in the light of offers that they have received, now prefer to sell him.

"And now it is up to the Giallorossi to come into the race, opening talks with the Madrid management.

"But they will have to buy him."

News
The two faces revealed by the ultraviolet light
newsScholars left shaken after shining ultraviolet light on 500-year-old Welsh manuscript
News
Rosamund Pike played Bond girld Miranda Frost, who died in Die Another Day (PA)
news
Arts and Entertainment
books
News
newsHow do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? With people like this
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
  • Get to the point
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

General Election 2015: The masterminds behind the scenes

The masterminds behind the election

How do you get your party leader to embrace a message and then stick to it? By employing these people
Machine Gun America: The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons

Machine Gun America

The amusement park where teenagers go to shoot a huge range of automatic weapons
The ethics of pet food: Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?

The ethics of pet food

Why are we are so selective in how we show animals our love?
How Tansy Davies turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

How a composer turned 9/11 into her opera 'Between Worlds'

Tansy Davies makes her operatic debut with a work about the attack on the Twin Towers. Despite the topic, she says it is a life-affirming piece
11 best bedside tables

11 best bedside tables

It could be the first thing you see in the morning, so make it work for you. We find night stands, tables and cabinets to wake up to
Italy vs England player ratings: Did Andros Townsend's goal see him beat Harry Kane and Wayne Rooney to top marks?

Italy vs England player ratings

Did Townsend's goal see him beat Kane and Rooney to top marks?
Danny Higginbotham: An underdog's tale of making the most of it

An underdog's tale of making the most of it

Danny Higginbotham on being let go by Manchester United, annoying Gordon Strachan, utilising his talents to the full at Stoke and plunging into the world of analysis
Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police

Steve Bunce: Inside Boxing

Audley Harrison's abusers forget the debt he's due, but Errol Christie will always remember what he owes the police
No postcode? No vote

Floating voters

How living on a houseboat meant I didn't officially 'exist'
Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin

By Reason of Insanity

Louis Theroux's affable Englishman routine begins to wear thin
Power dressing is back – but no shoulderpads!

Power dressing is back

But banish all thoughts of Eighties shoulderpads
Spanish stone-age cave paintings 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat'

Caves were re-opened to the public
'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'

Vince Cable interview

'I was the bookies’ favourite to be first to leave the Cabinet'
Election 2015: How many of the Government's coalition agreement promises have been kept?

Promises, promises

But how many coalition agreement pledges have been kept?
The Gaza fisherman who built his own reef - and was shot dead there by an Israeli gunboat

The death of a Gaza fisherman

He built his own reef, and was fatally shot there by an Israeli gunboat