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Hull snap up Manucho from Man Utd

Manucho scored 34 goals in 78 games for previous club Petro Atletico

Hull City have signed Manchester United striker Manucho on loan for the rest of the season, and he can face Arsenal on Saturday after earning a work permit.

The Angolan frontman, who was on loan at Panathinaikos last season, has made one Premier League outing for United.

"The lad is a proven goalscorer at certain levels, though not yet in the Premier League," said boss Phil Brown.

"He is about 6ft 3in, great stature, he has a good eye for goal, and is certainly good aerially."

The Tigers also remain hopeful of signing former Liverpool right-back Steve Finnan from Espanyol.

Brown pleased with Manucho signing

It has been reported that the club's deal for 32-year-old Finnan fell through because of a long-standing thigh injury but Brown says he is still pursuing the player - although he would have to be convinced of Finnan's fitness before concluding any deal.

"It is a long way from being complete," said Brown of the move. "Steve has been injured and I think he has only played four games for Espanyol, which is a concern of ours, hence the reason he has undergone a medical to the extent he has.

"We are pulling out all the stops. We are making sure we are doing this one properly."

Brown has already completed the signing of Kevin Kilbane from Wigan this month.

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