By Tom Blackburn
Hull have paid £12.5million for the services of Ryan Mason from Tottenham, according to a reliable journalist.
The Premier League newcomers completed the signing of the England international for an undisclosed fee on Tuesday afternoon after beating Sunderland to his signature.
Hull Daily Mail journalist Philip Buckingham has now claimed on his personal Twitter account that the midfielder, who graduated from the Spurs academy, cost £12.5million.
This could explain why Sunderland were successful in winning the race for Mason in the final hours of the transfer window.
The Northern Echo claimed early on Tuesday that Mason was to undergo a medical at Sunderland after the Black Cats had agreed an £8million fee, but later in the day it emerged he would be heading to Hull.
The Humberside club announced the deal via their official Twitter account and website, with it widely reported that the midfielder had become Hull’s record signing.
Mason had four years left on his Spurs contract, but was deemed surplus to requirements by Mauricio Pochettino after being unused from the bench in the club’s opening two matches of the season and was not in the matchday squad for the 1-1 draw against Liverpool on Saturday.
The Spurs youth graduate fell behind Eric Dier, Moussa Dembele and new signing Victor Wanyama in the club’s pecking order.
The midfielder had loan spells at five different clubs during his career, including a stint in France with Lorient.
He made his Tottenham debut against Dutch side NEC Breda in the UEFA Cup group stages in 2008, and has one England cap after he came on as a substitute against Italy in 2015.
In other Tottenham transfer news, an ex-Tottenham technical director is in London for Jack Wilshere talks.