Phelan sheds light on Mbokani deal

Stand-in Hull City manager Mike Phelan has revealed his thinking behind signing DR Congo international Dieumerci Mbokani on transfer deadline day earlier this month.

Mbokani joined the Tigers on a season-long loan from Dynamo Kyiv as the Premier League club tried to add more options to their depleted squad following a period of turmoil.

Long-time manager Steve Bruce left the club shortly before the start of the season and a string of injuries during pre-season meant the promoted club had various holes to fill in their squad ahead of the start of the season.

In the closing days of the transfer window, Hull brought in eight players – six permanently and two on loan – of which Mbokani is arguably the most prominent, having previously spent time on the books of the now-relegated Norwich City.

During an interview with the club's official website ahead of Saturday's match against Arsenal, Phelan said Mbokani will fill the role of target man in his squad in the coming months.

"Dieumerci is available and he will be part of the group. He's had ten days to understand what this place is all about and he has fitted in well," Phelan said.

"The reason we brought him here is to add something a bit different. We haven't had a target man at this club for a while. We have four strikers here now who can all offer different things and give us a bit of variety.

"Dieumerci is one of those who can change things if we need it."

The 30-year-old scored on seven occasions in the Premier League for Norwich last season, although his goals weren't enough to help the Canaries escape relegation.

Hull have started the new Premier League season in decent form and have picked up seven points from four matches prior to Arsenal's trip to the KC Stadium on Saturday.