Hull City have completed the signing of midfielder Jimmy Bullard for a club record £5million fee from Fulham.
The 30-year-old has signed a four-and-a-half-year contract at the KC Stadium, after passing a medical and agreeing personal terms.
Bullard is likely to be officially unveiled on Saturday and paraded to supporters before the FA Cup fourth-round clash against Millwall at the KC Stadium.
Tigers boss Phil Brown said: “The support mechanism that the chairman has provided for me as a new manager in the Premier League is fantastic.
“It’s shown everyone of how serious, one, Paul Duffen (Hull City chairman), two, Phil Brown and three Hull City is to the Premier League campaign.
“The only way to sell Hull City to Jimmy Bullard is to show him the ambition of the football club, the ambition of the manager and the chairman and play the type of football he likes to play.
“He has been impressed with the way we have approached the Premier League this year and he heard what he wanted to hear.”
Fulham boss Roy Hodgson was disappointed to lose the midfielder but pleased to have secured the £5m fee.
“It’s disappointing to lose Jimmy,” he said. “We said all along that we’d like to keep all of our players but the possibility of Jimmy leaving has been there all the time.
“He’s been seeking the type of contract we couldn’t give him. I congratulate Hull and Jimmy on getting the contract he wanted.
“It wasn’t just wage demands prompting Jimmy to go, but the length of contract too.
“He’s 31 this year and we didn’t feel able to provide him with the contract he wanted. The transfer fee that has been negotiated is suitable for a player of his age. I thank Jimmy for the year of work he did under me.”