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Premier League

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."