Swansea sign Sam Clucas from Hull for undisclosed fee
Swansea have announced the signing of Sam Clucas from Hull for an undisclosed fee.
The 26-year-old midfielder has agreed a four-year deal at the Liberty Stadium.
Clucas becomes manager Paul Clement's first signing since Swansea received a record fee from Everton for Gylfi Sigurdsson.
Press Association Sport understands the deal is worth £15million with another potential £1.5m in add-ons.
The £16.5m fee would represent a club record, surpassing the £15.5m Swansea paid Atletico Madrid for Spanish striker Borja Baston in 2016.
Clucas, who spent time at the Glenn Hoddle Academy in Spain, joined Hull from Chesterfield for £1.3m in July 2015 and scored nine goals in 96 appearances.
He was one of Hull's best performers last season when the Tigers were relegated from the Premier League.
Clucas told the official club website: "I've seen a lot of Swansea and one of the main reasons I decided to come here was because of the way they play football. I think it suits me.
"I had a bittersweet season last year with relegation.
"Because of my playing background, I never thought I would play in the Premier League so I relished every game I played.
"Once you've had a taste for the Premier League you always want to go back.
"So when the chance came up for me to do that again at Swansea, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands.''
Clement has said he wants "two or three players" to fill the void left by Sigurdsson's departure.
Former Swansea players Wilfried Bony and Joe Allen have also been high on the club's list of targets.
Bony is surplus to requirements at Manchester City and Swansea are hopeful of concluding a deal for the Ivory Coast striker, although Stoke have rejected an inquiry for Allen and said the Wales midfielder is not for sale.
Michael Hector joins Hull on loan
Hull have signed Chelsea defender Michael Hector on a season-long loan.
Hector joined the Blues in 2015 but has yet to make a first-team appearance and spent the last two seasons on loan with boyhood club Reading and German side Eintracht Frankfurt.
"When I found out that Hull were interested in taking me on loan, it was an easy decision to make," the Jamaica international told hullcitytigers.com.
"It's a great challenge for me to come back to England after a season in Germany and to try and help this club get back into the Premier League.
"The players here seem like a great bunch and hopefully I can play my part in helping them - and the club - enjoy a successful season in 2017-18."
The 25-year-old becomes Hull's fifth summer signing following the arrivals of Ola Aina, Fraizer Campbell, Kevin Stewart and Ondrej Mazuch.
Young defender Josh Tymon opts to leave Hull
Hull's highly-rated defender Josh Tymon has left the club with immediate effect after turning down a new contract offer.
Tymon, 18, earned rave reviews after making his first-team breakthrough in the Premier League last season and has been linked with joining Stoke.
"Josh Tymon has turned down a professional contract with the Tigers and has chosen to cancel his scholarship contract, which was due to expire in June 2018. He will leave the club with immediate effect," read a Tigers' statement.
"This is a standard clause in all contracts for this age level and the club has no option but to reluctantly accept his request.
"When Josh joins another club, a fee will have to be agreed between the two clubs."
Left-back Tymon progressed through Hull's academy and made his first-team debut aged 16 in an FA Cup win at Bury in January 2016.
He made his league bow in a defeat at Sunderland last November and went on to make a total of 12 appearances for the Tigers last season.
Hull's vice-chairman Ehab Allam said: "The club is naturally disappointed to lose a home-grown product of its academy.
"We have met with Josh and his representatives on numerous occasions starting back in January 2016 with improved offers of a professional contract.
"I want to make clear that we have made offers significantly higher than the figures circulated by some media sources."
Hull have sold central defenders Curtis Davies and Harry Maguire since they were relegated after one season back in the top flight and the club is braced for further departures.
Head coach Leonid Slutsky confirmed he wanted to sign a total of "six or seven" new players this summer when formally introduced to the media on Wednesday.
Allam added: "As stated by Leonid in his press conference, we are working very hard to bring new players into the club with news hopefully by the end of the week.
"This process can take time and as much as we would like all business completed immediately, some deals take longer due to the complex nature of the transfer window.
"New additions will be made to the squad to help towards our aim of a return to the Premier League. We wish Josh well for the future."
Ryan Mason takes step forward in recovery from fractured skull
Hull midfielder Ryan Mason is progressing towards a return to full training, the club have confirmed.
Mason, the Tigers' record signing, has been sidelined since fracturing his skull in January and announced his return to light training on social media last month.
"Ryan is between two groups at the moment," Hull head coach Leonid Slutsky told the club's official website.
"He is doing some technical parts of the training sessions with the main group, and other parts of training he is doing outside of the group.
"That is a normal situation for somebody in his position."
Mason, 26, had 14 plates inserted into his skull and spent eight days in a London hospital following a clash of heads with Chelsea defender Gary Cahill at Stamford Bridge on January 22.
Slutsky said midfielder David Meyler has targeted a return to full training before the end of pre-season after sustaining a medial knee ligament injury in April.
Will Keane is also working his way back from a serious knee injury. The former Manchester United striker was ruled out for 12 months last November after surgery to repair an anterior cruciate ligament.
"With Will, we are looking at him coming back in October. He has had a very serious injury," Slutsky added.
Defender Moses Odubajo has had no timeframe put on his expected return following a recent visit to a consultant. He had a setback in November after dislocating a kneecap last July.
600 appearances for Gareth Barry
Gareth Barry notched up his 600th appearance in the Premier League today with his side 3-1 win over Middlesbrough. He is now nine behind Frank Lampard and 32 appearances behind Ryan Giggs, and seems likely he will inevitably grace the No.2 position by the end of the season, barring injury.
Everton went down early to a goal which appeared to be a foul on Steklenberg but which was bizarrely given by the ref, after Negrado had clashed into the keeper nudging the ball from his hands into the net.
Koeman said later "“We needed the mistake of the referee because after that we were more aggressive”. “The start was not good, but after that we saw the Everton we expect.”
Gareth Barry marked his 600th appearance with a goal 3 minutes later. Coleman got the second after a neat one two, and Lukaku deftly brushed the ball with his laces into the net for the third, after a Yannick Bolasie cross.
Islam Slimani got a dream debut at the King Power Stadium with a brace on the 46th and 48th minute as Leicester beat Burnley 3-0. The £29m signing known as the 'Dragon Slayer' for scoring goals againsts rivals Porto. Riyad Mahrez was also excellent as a cross from him forced Ben Mee to turn it into his own net.
Kevin De Bruyne was brilliant today as Man City took Bournemouth apart in a 4-0 win at The Etihad. Goals from De Bruyne, Iheanacho, Sterling, and Gündogan sealed the visitors fate as the City side looked polished. Guardiola said later regarding City's new found vigour and that they started last season in similar fashion
“We will not think it is easy because I am here. I have heard for a long time that the Premier League is the toughest so we know that it is September and we have won nothing.”
It remains to be seen how they will cope through winter as the fixtures start stacking up.
West Ham seem to be having opposing problems as the rails seem to have well and truly come off their premier league hopes. Down 4-0 at half time and with a consolation recovery in the second half with goals from Lanzini and Antonio again, which bizarrely puts Antonio the head of the goal scoring table tonight. West Brom had only managed six goals in 13 Premier League matches and not scored four in a Premier League match for two years. In another bizarre stat they only had 25% possession yet Chadli, bought for 13m from Spurs, on his home debut managed a brace, with Rondon and McClean grabbing the others in some of the worst defending experienced. Tony Pulis was not available for comment afterwards which is only furthering recent speculation of his departure.
Arsenal carried on their run with a 4-1 win away to Hull City. Hull’s game plan has worked well under Mike Phelan, who remains caretaker manager despite the offer of a permanent contract last week, with 9 men behind the ball soaking up the pressure, but Arsenal are a dangerous side to relentlessly soak up this kind of pressure. Particularly as Hull went down to 10 men with Livermore sent off. Arsenal with over 60% possession soon took control with a shot from Iwobi glancing off Sanchez. Arsenal should have gone 2 up but Sanchez's penalty was saved. A discussion needed on who takes penalty's as this is not Sanchez's first miss. A one two with Iwobi had Walcott chipping the keeper to make it two. A shot blocked from Walcott had Sanchez tapping in the rebound which should by all rights have been his hat-trick. Dieumerci Mbokani was brought down by Cech which resulted in a Hull penalty which enabled Snodgrass to provide a lesson in taking penalties to Sanchez. A 30 yard strike from Granit Xhaka sealed their doom deep into injury time.
On Friday night Chelsea lost to Liverpool who were at their Klopp best for their meeting at the Bridge. Chelsea were a demure side in the first half and gave themselves too much to do in the second. The first goal was typical of Liverpool's eagerness to win. Coutinho took a short free kick to Milner. He then passed back to Coutinho on the left wing who then crossed the ball to the back post. With the Chelsea defenders all running to the near post leaving 4 Liverpool shirts at the back post and Dejan Lovren to head in past Courtois. Willian and Hazard were isolated, Costa barely got more than one touch each time he had the ball. Chelsea's signing from Leicester Kante, seemed the only one in midfield in grabbing hold of the game but thats no good when his fellow players seem devoid of ideas. The second goal sealed their fate with a weak clearance from Cahill that fell to Henderson 25 yards out whose strike beat Courtois mainly because of his poor position after the previous attack. Chelsea got their consolation through some excellent work by Matic who received a previously played ball from Hazard, skipped past Matip and Lallana on the byline and crossed to Costa who belted it in from close range. They never looked liked they would get a second. Conte will rue some of his decisions and in particular his substitutions which he didn't make until 70 minutes and brought all three on at once in Fabregas, Pedro and Moses. He left his second striker on the bench in Michy Batshuayi. Abromovich will be thinking!