Mason eager to repay Hull City for 'club-record fee'

LONDON • Hull City announced the signing of English central midfielder Ryan Mason from Tottenham Hotspur on a three-year contract for a "club-record fee" on Tuesday.

This comes just a day after caretaker manager Mike Phelan urged the club's hierarchy to get cracking on signing a few reinforcements before the transfer window closed.

Hull did not specify how much they had paid for the 25-year-old, but they were reported to have spent £10 million (S$17.9 million) on previous record signing Abel Hernandez in 2014.

"I now want to put in the kind of performances that justify that tag and repay that money," Mason told the club's official website.

"I'm a box-to-box type of midfielder and hopefully I can chip in with some goals and create some chances.

"We've got a massive challenge ahead of us this season. The boys have started off really well and it's all about continuing with that."

He was one of three players to join Hull on Tuesday, with goalkeeper David Marshall (undisclosed fee) arriving from Cardiff City and striker Will Keane joining from Manchester United for £1 million.

Keane worked with Phelan when the Hull manager was Alex Ferguson's assistant at United.

"I'm delighted and excited to be here," Mason added. "I can't wait to get started and I see this as a massive opportunity for me."

Mason came through the youth ranks at Tottenham and broke into the Spurs first team in the 2014-15 season, making 31 league appearances and winning his first England cap in a 1-1 friendly draw with Italy in March last year.

But the emergence of Eric Dier and Dele Alli limited his involvement last season, prompting him to seek new pastures. In leaving Spurs for Hull, Mason follows in the footsteps of Tom Huddlestone, Jake Livermore and Michael Dawson.

Hull were left in disarray after manager Steve Bruce left on the eve of the season and they went into the campaign with only 13 fit senior players. But they won their first two games, defeating champions Leicester City and Swansea City.

The club's winning run ended with a 1-0 defeat by Manchester United last weekend.

AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE, REUTERS

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