City have this evening announced the signings of Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore from Tottenham.
Huddlestone is joining permanently, having signed a three-year contract. The Tigers have parted with about £5¼m for his services, a new club record – yet on the face of it, that’s a perfectly reasonable fee (relatively speaking). The 6’2″ midfielder, one his day one of the best passers in English football and owner of a remarkably fearsome shot, has spent the last eight years at White Hart Lane, where he earned four caps for the full England side.
Injuries have been a slight concern in recent times for Huddlestone, something the club has hopefully recognised when drawing up what is certain to be a hefty contract. Nonetheless, he’s a footballer of serious class, and his arrival is a massive coup for Steve Bruce and the whole club.
Livermore joins on a season-long loan. The exciting 23 year old midfielder has spent his entire career with Tottenham, though is already a veteran of six loan moves. He’s also a full England international, having picked up a cap in 2012 against Italy.
These two arrivals make what was looking a troublingly thin midfield suddenly look much more capable. Off-field issues may still be raging, but there’s a new season starting in four days and these are two extremely good signings that leave City much better equipped for the Premier League.