Hull swoop for Spurs duo
Hull have confirmed the double signing of Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore from Tottenham.
The Barclays Premier League new boys have agreed a three-year deal for 26-year-old Huddlestone, who arrives from White Hart Lane for an undisclosed fee.
Fellow midfielder Livermore, 23, has joined the Tigers on a season-long loan.
A statement on club website hullcityafc.net read: "The Tigers are delighted to confirm the signing of England international midfielder Tom Huddlestone from Tottenham Hotspur.
"We are also pleased to announce the loan signing of Tottenham midfielder Jake Livermore."
Huddlestone, capped four times by England, has been allocated squad number eight for the new season, which for Steve Bruce's men gets under way at Chelsea on Sunday.
The club did not disclose the fee agreed for Huddlestone or if it represents a new record buy, but Press Association Sport understands the fee at least matches their £5million record signing of Jimmy Bullard.
Both Huddlestone and Livermore, who made 11 Premier League appearances for Spurs last season and has had spells on loan at Leeds and Ipswich among others, will join up with the Tigers' squad for the first time at training on Thursday.
Hull boss Bruce has been busy in the transfer market since winning promotion to the Barclays Premier League, with Wednesday's double swoop taking the club's summer signings to 10.
Former Birmingham centre-half Curtis Davies, who came in for £2.25million, had been his most expensive addition prior to Huddlestone's signing, with a combination of free transfers, loan deals and cheaper arrivals such as Yannick Sagbo and Allan McGregor ensuring Bruce has operated well within budget.
Yet Bruce had made it clear that the midfield was an area which needed significant bolstering, especially since the departures of Corry Evans and Tom Cairney to Blackburn and a pre-season injury to Stephen Quinn.
Huddlestone certainly fits the bill as a player who can play as a midfield anchor who is also comfortable on the ball.
Sunderland were also on the lookout for such a player and Black Cats boss Paolo Di Canio had upped his interest in Huddlestone only to see Hull make a more decisive move this week.
Huddlestone, who made 209 appearances for Spurs in eight years since signing from Derby, revealed Bruce's vision for Hull's return to the top flight was crucial in persuading him to sign on.
"It's obviously very exciting times for the club, but for myself personally it's been a frustrating couple of years at Tottenham whether it be [because of] injuries or team selection. Hopefully I can come here, cement my place in the starting 11, and do well for the club," he told Tigers Player.
"I know a few of the lads here already and they've only said good things about the manager and the club as a whole.
"I had a chance to speak to Steve Bruce and I liked his ideas, his role for me within the team, and what he wants the team to do and the way he wants them to play.
"Once I'd spoken to him my mind was made up really."
He added that "a few teams" had been vying for his signature but indicated that only Hull had matched Spurs' valuation.
"There was a few teams interested and obviously Tottenham accepted the bid," he said.
"It was a very difficult decision [to leave Spurs]. Having been at Tottenham for eight years and with the club in the situation they are now, it was a very difficult decision to make, but one based on footballing reasons.
"With the club accepting the bid, then I kind of knew where I stood."
Despite arriving so late in pre-season, Huddlestone is ready to be thrown into the mix at Stamford Bridge this weekend.
"I'll be ready to train tomorrow and then we'll see what the manager does for the game," he said.
"They don't really come much bigger than Chelsea away, with Jose Mourinho returning and everything else that goes with it."