Alan Smith: 'Steve Bruce has been smart in the transfer market'

Ex-Arsenal striker Alan Smith believes that Steve Bruce has used the transfer market wisely so far this summer.

Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has praised Steve Bruce's transfer dealings for Hull City this summer.

The Tigers have signed Jake Livermore, Thomas Ince, Andrew Robertson, Harry McGuire and Robert Snodgrass, and they have also sold Shane Long to Southampton for £12m – just months after buying him for around £7m from West Bromwich Albion.

Smith told The Telegraph: "If West Bromwich Albion's decision to sell Shane Long seemed strange at the time, it looks even more unwise now after Hull City made a £5m profit in the space of seven months by selling him on to Southampton.

"Steve Bruce continues to use the transfer market cannily. Robert Snodgrass [though he got injured] and Tom Ince look decent signings, both involved in the win at Queens Park Rangers."

Bruce's side beat Queens Park Rangers 1-0 on Saturday.

QPR manager Harry Redknapp on the touchline during his team's match against Burnley on October 26, 2013
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