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Hull seal 3m Olofinjana signing

Seyi Olofinjana
Olofinjana started 14 league matches for Stoke last season

Hull City have completed the signing of Stoke City's Nigerian international midfielder Seyi Olofinjana for £3m.

The 29-year-old has signed a four-year deal with City after deciding against a move to French league side Monaco.

Hull have also signed United States international Jozy Altidore on a season-long loan from Villarreal.

"I'm over the moon at the fact we have at long last managed to get one or two players into the camp," said Hull manager Phil Brown.

Olofinjana joined Stoke from Wolves for £3m in July 2008 and made 21 appearances for City last season, scoring two goals.

His involvement in the first team was limited as the season wore on but Stoke boss Tony Pulis was quick to praise the departing midfielder.

"Seyi is one of the nicest players I've come across in football, a real gentleman, so he goes with our best wishes," said Pulis.


"If it's a good move for the kid, then you have to be fair and honest to them, especially if they have been really good in their time with the club and not been any problem whatsoever.

"We both understand each other's situation and that's why there is plenty of good feeling on both sides with this one."

Hull have also announced the signing of 19-year-old Altidore on a loan deal from Villarreal, subject to the striker obtaining a work permit.

The pair are Hull's first signings of the summer after failing in pursuit of a number of other targets, including strikers Darren Bent and Fraizer Campbell.

"We are delighted to have them on board and both players boast international pedigree," said Brown.

"One area we needed to address was goals from midfield and I'm hoping Seyi can help out there.

"Jozy is unproven at this level but has great potential and we hope can fill the void of goals from the front line."

Hull chairman Paul Duffen has ruled out a move for Fulham striker Bobby Zamora.

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