Bruce was dealt a blow late on Monday evening when the 24-year-old Burnley forward failed a medical, leaving him to start the search for attacking reinforcements all over again.
However, having completed deals for Allan McGregor, Maynor Figueroa and Curtis Davies, and secured the permanent transfers of loan signings Ahmed Elmohamady and George Boyd, the Tigers manager is satisfied with his lot to date.
He told the club's official website: "So far, we have brought in three quality players to add to the existing squad.
"We will be doing our best to add more to that, and we aren't finished yet by any stretch of the imagination. We will keep working away at it.
"We have also turned a couple of last season's loans into permanent deals in Ahmed and George and that was important.
"Elmohamady was our player of the year last season, so the first piece of important business was to get his transfer over the line and we did that, in the same way that we secured (Robbie) Brady and (David) Meyler midway through last season.
"We are very pleased with what we have got so far. We will add one or two more to make us bigger, stronger and better, and to make us better equipped for the challenge ahead."
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- Ahmed Elmohamady
- George Boyd
- Maynor Figueroa
- Curtis Davies
- Allan McGregor