In the past few days, the focus in Tottenham Hotspur’s transfer window has shifted a bit from which players may be coming in to which players are leaving. DeAndre Yedlin was sold to Newcastle, Nabil Bentaleb was loaned to Schalke, and youth midfielder Will Miller went out on loan to Burton Albion for a half-year.
Now, it appears another Spurs player could be heading out. Sky Sports is reporting that Hull City and Tottenham have agreed on a transfer fee for midfielder Ryan Mason.
Caretaker manager Mike Phelan didn’t exactly confirm the Mason reports, but according to the Hull Daily Mail when asked directly about Ryan Mason, he strongly implied that Mason was one of the players Hull are looking to bring in without naming him personally.
"We are in talks with two or three new players. We've set our stall out and we're pursuing that interest.
We've agreed a few fees but we haven't got into things down the line and what else it will cost us on top of that.
"We just have to pursue those between now and Wednesday evening and see how many we can get done.
"Discussions seem to be take longer and longer these days but we are ready to go if we can press the right buttons to do some deals.”
Hull was one of a few clubs that had been linked to Mason in this transfer window, but is the one that up until now probably had the most concrete interest. The amount of the potential transfer fee was not disclosed, and the implication here is that Hull and Mason have yet to agree personal terms.
There’s really no question that Hull could use the reinforcements. Sure, they’ve won their opening two Premier League matches, but they’re super thin and have virtually no depth at all. Mason is a capable, Premier League caliber midfielder, something that Hull could really use at the moment as they stare down the prospects of a long league campaign with a short-handed squad and no permanent manager.
A Mason transfer is also great news for Tom Carroll and Harry Winks, who both would likely then stay at Spurs for midfield cover.
Let’s not put the cart before the horse here until more details emerge, but boy howdy, this is looking like a thing. Me, I’m actually a little giddy at the prospect of watching a Hull City 4-3-3 with Mason, Huddlestone, and Livermore in the midfield band. And, y’know, not having to care about what actually happens to them.