Hull City have finally got the green-light to sign new players and this one is a biggie.
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Ryan Mason, 25, has signed from Tottenham Hotspur in a club-record deal believed to be for a fee of around $17 million. Sunderland had also been in for Mason but he chose to sign for Hull on a three-year deal.
Mason has seen his playing time dwindle at Spurs over the past 12 months and the energetic two-way midfielder has moved to the KCOM Stadium to reignite his career as he enters his prime.
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“I’m delighted and excited to be here,” Mason said. “I can’t wait to get started and I see this as a massive opportunity for me.”
Mason will provide a calming influence in midfield as the Spurs academy product is comfortable on the ball and able to time his runs from midfield well when he gets forward. He has one England cap to his name and has experienced Europa League action with Tottenham after joining them as an eight-year-old.
Starting the Premier League season with just 13 fit senior players, caretaker boss Mike Phelan has finally been able to add to his squad and it is the biggest indicator yet that Phelan will be handed the job on a permanent basis when the sale of the club from the Allam family to Chinese investors is ratified in the coming days.
Goalkeeper David Marshall arrived earlier on Tuesday from Cardiff City and it is expected that striker Will Keane will come in from Manchester United, plus others could arrive.
After two wins from their opening three games of the PL season, these signings further lift any gloom which was hanging over the Yorkshire club following a tumultuous summer as manager Steve Bruce walked out and their owners were heavily criticized for not adding reinforcements.