However, Sunderland may now attempt to steal player from under the Tigers’ noses.
Hull City have agreed a club-record £5.25 million fee with Tottenham Hotspur for midfield player Tom Huddlestone, according to reports in the Daily Mail.
The recently promoted Premier League outfit have been chasing the some-time England international all summer long in the hope of being able to persuade both his club, and more importantly the player himself, to make the move north to the KC stadium next season.
And now Tigers head coach Steve Bruce has managed to achieve the first part of the equation, however, the former Manchester United captain may find it harder to pull off the second part, with the club set to sit down with the 26-year-old at some point this week to discuss personal terms over his potential move.
In Bruce’s favour is the fact that Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas has already informed Huddlestone that he is now surplus to requirements at White Hart Lane going forward after more than seven years in north London.
During that time, the ball-playing central midfield player has made 188 appearances for Spurs, registering 15 goals and 27 assists along the way, including eight strikes and 21 assists in his 127 Premier League outings for the club.
And now Huddlestone must decide whether he wants to make the move to Hull or not his summer, with Sunderland also thought to be interested in the Englishman’s services.