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Hull complete Altidore loan deal

Jozy Altidore
Altidore impressed in the Confederations Cup

Hull have succeeded in obtaining a work permit for American international striker Jozy Altidore.

The 19-year-old agreed last week to join the Tigers from Spanish side Villarreal on a season-long loan deal.

"Jozy is unproven at this level but has great potential," said Hull boss Phil Brown, who has the option of making the deal permanent at the season's end.

The Tigers have also completed the signing of Stoke City's Nigerian midfielder Seyi Olofinjana for £3m.

Altidore first revealed his move to Hull on his Twitter page on Wednesday, writing: "First match is against Chelsea, subject to a work permit *wink* *wink*. Thanks for the support and love - keep it coming."

The 19-year-old has limited experience in top-flight club football, but was impressive as the United States reached the final of the Confederations Cup in South Africa in June.

He will play for the US in a World Cup qualifier against Mexico on Wednesday before arriving in Hull later this week ahead of their opening Premier League match against Chelsea on Saturday.


"I'm very excited at the prospect. Hull is a good club, up-and-coming, and to have the opportunity of playing in the Premier League is a great thing," said Altidore.

"It is going to take a little while to get used to but hopefully it is going to be a success."

Altidore has been at Villarreal for just over a year, signing for the Spanish club in June 2008 from the New York Red Bulls for a reported fee of £6m.

The American, who is believed to be available for £6.5m, appeared infrequently for Villarreal and was loaned to Xerex Deportivo in Spain's second division.

Nigeria international Olofinjana, 29, has signed a four-year contract with the Tigers after deciding against a move to French league side Monaco.

Hull broke their transfer fee record last season in signing midfielder Jimmy Bullard for £5m from Fulham.

But they have struggled to attract big-name strikers during the close season, with Michael Owen, Bobby Zamora, Fraizer Campbell and Marc-Antoine Fortune all rejecting the club's overtures.

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