Jake Livermore has joined Hull City from Tottenham Hotspur for £7m after his successful loan spell last season.
The 24 year old midfielder has signed a three year deal which could extend to four and has brought to an end a summer of speculation that he would come back to the KC Stadium on a long-term basis.
Livermore, who has one England cap, blossomed as a regular midfielder alongside his former Spurs team-mate Tom Huddlestone last season as City comfortably avoided relegation, reached the FA Cup final and qualified for Europe. He played 36 times in the Premier League – he only missed the games against his parent club – and scored three goals.
It is a piece of tremendous business by Steve Bruce, of course, and City can now boast a central midfield of recent international vintage with ambitions to win more caps for their country while wearing black and amber.