Hull City manager Steve Bruce has beefed up his attacking options by signing Uruguay striker Abel Hernandez from Palermo for a club-record £10million and also Hatem Ben Arfa from Newcastle United on loan.
The latest recruits joined fellow new signings Mohamed Diame from West Ham United and Gaston Ramirez of Southampton on a busy transfer deadline day in East Yorkshire.
Hernandez has signed a three-year deal, which the Tigers have the option of extending for a further 12 months, and his fee eclipses the previous record transfer outlay of £8million to secure the signing of midfielder Jake Livermore from Tottenham in June.
Hernandez scored 14 Serie B goals last season as the Stadio Renzo Barbera outfit won promotion to the Italian top flight and will get his chance to lead the attack following the sale of Shane Long to Southampton for £12million.
The 24-year-old has scored seven goals in 14 matches for Uruguay and made two appearances at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil this summer.
Tigers boss Bruce said: “Abel is a fantastic signing and highlights just how far the club has come in such a short space of time.
“He is an exciting talent and, like myself, I’m sure the supporters can’t wait to see him in action.”
France international Ben Arfa lost his place at St James’ Park last season and his fractious relationship with manager Alan Pardew led to speculation about his future on Tyneside.
The 27-year-old made 86 appearances for the north-east club, scoring 14 goals, but was effectively frozen out of the first team in a poor second half of the season for the Magpies.
“Hatem is a superb addition to the squad, and brings a lot of attacking flair,” added Bruce, who has taken Hull’s summer spending beyond £30million.
Hull City are currently priced 5.00 with Dafabet to be relegated from the Premier League.