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Hull hoping to resolve Sagbo permit issues

Steve Bruce is hoping for a swift conclusion to Yannick Sagbo's work permit application so the striker can be part of Hull City's pre-season trip to Germany.

Yannick Sagbo has become Hull's eighth summer signing
Sagbo must wait until his work permit is sorted before playing for Hull

The £1.6m signing from French club Evian was forced to miss the weekend's 2-1 defeat to Birmingham City and he will have to sit out Tuesday's clash with Peterborough United as he waits for clearance to make his debut for the Premier League club.

Hull travel to Germany on Friday to play two games against Dynamo Dresden and Eintracht Braunschweig, before completing their pre-season schedule against Real Betis.

Bruce wants Sagbo to figure in the final three warm-up matches to give him the best chance of making the starting line-up for the Premier League kick-off against Chelsea.

"He is ready to play and can't wait to get started. So we want the work permit issue sorted as soon as possible, so he can get used to playing in the side," said Bruce.

"Permit issues take time and we have got a lot of work to do before we start the season, but he is fit and he is one for now. I am very happy that we have signed him."

Bruce admitted that the decision to bring the Ivory Coast international to Hull is something of a gamble given the level of club Sagbo has been playing at in French football.

"It is a big jump in terms of where he was at in France, but we did all the due dilligence possible and we are excited," said Bruce.

"We can’t wait to get him on the pitch. He is an excellent player. He is big, strong and powerful and will give us something different.

"It is a big step up for him and a big call for us to sign him, but I am sure he can handle it. He cannot wait to get started."

Bruce has signed eight players already this summer as he looks to build a squad capable of remaining in the Premier League, but he would still like to bring in two more new faces before the end of the summer transfer window.

His main priority is signing a central midfielder and Stoke City's Wilson Palacios remains on his list of possibilities, despite the Honduras international being given a fresh start under new Stoke manager Mark Hughes.

"We need something different in midfield and that is an area I would like to add to the squad. If Palacios is available I would be interested, but I don't know if Stoke want to let him go," said Bruce.


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