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Hull City sign Peterborough United striker Aaron Mclean

Aaron Mclean
Mclean has hit 14 goals in all competitions for Posh this season

Hull City have completed the signing of Peterborough United striker Aaron Mclean for a fee of more than £1m following their takeover last week.

Tigers boss Nigel Pearson, who is also signing Leicester City striker Matty Fryatt, has brought in Mclean, 27, on a three-and-a-half year contract.

"I'm really pleased to get him. He's got a lot of enthusiasm," said Pearson.

"It's important that we recruit players that really do want to be here and he's really excited about the challenge."

Pearson added: "There's been plenty said about how difficult a year we've had and how we're going through a transition, so it's important we try and get the right people in."

Since being taken over by East Yorkshire-based businessmen Assem and Ehab Allam last week, the Tigers have been linked with a number of strikers.

Posh owner Darragh MacAnthony revealed that Hull had also enquired about the availability of Mclean's strike partner Craig Mackail-Smith, but were unable to match their valuation. But they did agree a fee for Mclean.

"Hull put a firm offer in and it was rejected," MacAnthony told BBC Radio Cambridgeshire. "Then they put an offer in that was accepted on Tuesday.

"We all know it's the time for Aaron to move on. He's been a great servant for the club, one of the first generation of stars I brought into the squad at a young age.

"It's a sad day to see him go but he's done us proud and now he gets to move on and have a chance to have a go at the Premier League if they get promoted this season."

Ex-England C international Mclean, who has also played for Aldershot, joined Posh from Grays Athletic in 2007 for £150,000 following a three-month loan spell.

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He scored 82 goals for the club, helping Posh to successive promotions in 2007/08 and 2008/09.

The forward had been transfer-listed since November 2009 and has now hit 14 goals this term, including six in as many games for Posh.

MacAnthony had revealed earlier this week that he would consider selling his star names if they are unhappy at London Road.

But the Irishman insists that the club do not need to offload players to balance the books.

"I know people think we must be in need of the cash, but we don't need to sell any players, certainly not until the end of this season if at all," he said.

"We are over budget but I've always backed the managers we have.

"There's no fire sale going on. I know people are panicking but the problem is we always knew, when we dropped down to League One, as soon as our players hit form there would be a lot of interest in them."



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