Monday, July 14, 2008

Hull hopes to buy Boateng

The 32-year-old was due to undergo a medical on Monday after the two clubs agreed a fee thought to be around £1million.

The Holland international will become Hull's fourth summer signing after completing deals for Craig Fagan, Geovanni and Bernard Mendy ahead of their first Barclays Premier League season.

Brown said: ``George is currently in Sheffield doing a medical and, fingers crossed, in the next 24 hours hopefully we will have another international-quality player.''

Boateng will bring considerable top-flight experience to the promoted Tigers having spent 11 years in the Premier League with Coventry, Aston Villa and, since 2002, Boro.

He leaves the Riverside Stadium in search of more first-team opportunities and, although Brown cannot promise a regular starting slot, the manager sees him as a very welcome addition to his squad.

Brown said: ``No-one guarantees you first-team football. The only thing that can guarantee you that is playing well week in, week out - and that is what I fully expect from George, but he has to get past the players who are already in the team.''

Brown has been highly active in the transfer market in recent weeks and is still hoping to bring in several new faces before the club's opening fixture against Fulham on August 16.

Meanwhile, goals from Dean Marney, Will Atkinson, Michael Turner and Nick Barmby helped Hull complete a routine 4-0 win over local amateurs North Ferriby.

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