All the sads, you guys. Tottenham Hotspur have officially confirmed the sale of Tom Huddlestone to the Hull City Tigers. Jake Livermore will also be joining the club on a season long loan.
We've reached agreement with Hull City for the transfer of Tom Huddlestone with Jake Livermore heading to the KC Stadium on season-long loan— Tottenham Hotspur (@SpursOfficial) August 14, 2013
The deal, as Sky Sports News reported, is believed to be in the neighborhood of £5 million for both. Tottenham need to sell or loan a number of players in order to get under the 25-man squad limits by the end of the transfer window. Tottenham were especially log-jammed in midfield, but this move clears out some of the deadwood.
Huddlestone (is "Hullerstone" a thing? I'm totally making that a thing) has been a stalwart and long-time feature at Spurs, having signed for the club from Derby County back in 2005, and was an integral part of the midfield that helped Tottenham qualify for the Champions League back in 2009. But for Hudd, Hull is other people: his playing time was expected to severely suffer after Spurs signed Paulinho and Etienne Capoue along with the return to fitness of Sandro. While many on this site are still Hullish on Big Tom's passing ability, the move makes sense, and he'll be able to make a solid contribution to the Tigers' midfield.
For Livermore, a young midfielder who came up through the Spurs youth ranks, it's an opportunity to get more playing time and establish himself with an EPL club, something he's unlikely to do at Tottenham this season. For the Tigers, signing both is a real Hullabaloo, and both Big Tom and Jake should do well there.
Finally, with the likely departure of Huddlestone and Livermore, does this mean that the rumors of Spurs' interest in Christian Eriksen may have some teeth? Hull if I know. And that's the Hull truth.