Every club is desperate to end the transfer window in a stronger position to which they started.
But while the news of Falcao joining Manchester United dominated national coverage, there was a much quieter operation taking place at Hull City.
With just under £37m splashed on eleven new additions across the summer months, Steve Bruce has conducted some shrewd business which will help the Tigers be more of a force in the Premier League. But it was transfer deadline day where the club really flourished as they seek to take steps forward to evolve into a top ten Premier League side.
The real statement of intent was the signing of Abel Hernandez – signed for £10m from Palermo – who has been on the radar for many European clubs for a number of years. Despite playing second fiddle to Luis Suarez for the Uruguayan national side, he still has seven goals in 14 caps. The 24-year-old will also provide speed and incisiveness to replace and upgrade that of the departed Shane Long.
And it didn’t take long for Hull to follow up the signing of Hernandez by securing some proven Premier League quality in the form of Mohamed Diame. The Senegalese international was signed for just £3.5m on a three-year-deal and seeing his past form for West Ham, looks a real snip.
But just when you thought the Tigers’ business was completed, they made two more additions, with two more luxurious players in the form of Gaston Ramirez and Hatem Ben Arfa, both on loan from Southampton and Newcastle.
The pair will have been seen as bonus signings, and in the wake of Robert Snodgrass’ injury, Ben Arfa and Ramirez could provide some much needed guile and pace out wide.
Hull have a reputation for being a hard-working outfit, and that comes as standard under Bruce.
But these signings are helping Hull gradually move away from these tenacious perceptions, and combining their solidarity with real flair.
And the manager was left feeling fulfilled after his busy day, telling Sky Sports:
“On paper there are some really, really good signings we’ve made today.
“I think what summed the day up was when I rang Ben Arfa to see where he was and he was stuck in York, and you’re thinking ‘What’s he doing in York?’ That was a bit fraught, but overall we’re delighted with what we’ve done.
“We’ve managed to bring what seems like four players on the day, but two or three of them have had a week’s work gone into them.
“We got what we wanted.”
The four deadline day signings are further evidence of the revolution on Humberside. They went so close to reaching the Europa League group stages but were unlucky to crash out last week. But there is still plenty of optimism at the KC Stadium as Hull assemble the best squad in their history to make an assault on the Premier League’s top ten.