Sky have reported that Hull City have agreed a fee with Spurs to buy Ryan Mason.
It’s claimed that the fee will be in the region of £12m. Hull have struggled to recruit players all summer, leading to the resignation of their manager Steve Bruce. Now, having won their opening two games of the season, it looks as if they have decided to loosen the purse strings to ensure survival under Bruce’s replacement Mike Phelan.
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Mason was one of the early success stories of the Mauricio Pochettino era, breaking into the side with a series of energetic performances at the heart of Tottenham’s midfield alongside Nabil Bentaleb. Now both players look set to leave the club, with Bentaleb having joined Schalke yesterday and Mason looking likely to move to the Tigers.
The England international was injured during a man of the match performance against Sunderland last season, while scoring the winning goal. In his absence, the partnership of Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele became established and Mason could not get back into the team on a regular basis.
Mason’s performances were not up to scratch when called upon, as niggling injuries and irregular opportunities made it difficult for him to find his previous form. With the signing of Victor Wanyama, opportunities at the club were likely to become even more scarce this season, so a move looks like the right thing for a 25-year old who surely needs to start playing every week.
Once again Spurs have secured a premium fee for an academy product, with the homegrown Josh Onomah and Harry Winks ready and able to replace Mason in the squad. Mason will join a number of his former Tottenham colleagues at Hull, with the likes of Michael Dawson, Tom Huddlestone and Jake Livermore all having signed for the promoted club in recent seasons.