George Honeyman out, Ozan Tufan in as Hull City revamp continues at pace
George Honeyman is expected to join Millwall as Hull City continue to revamp their midfield for next season.
Honeyman has turned down a new Tigers contract and agreed one with the Lions after seeing a trio of central midfielders poised to move to East Yorkshire.
Hull and Fenerbahce announced at the weekend that a deal has been agreed for Ozan Tufan to join, with Fulham’s Jean Michael Seri and Hayatspor’s Adama Traore expected to follow.
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Perhaps seeing which way the wind is blowing, therefore, Honeyman has decided to join Championship rivals Millwall.
Hull’s 2020-21 player of the season rejected the offer of a new contract but they will receive a small transfer fee because the Tigers triggered a one-year extension as negotiations continued.
Part of the team relegated from the Championship in his first season in East Yorkshire, Honeyman was instrumental in the League One title win that followed, scoring three goals and making 13. He was important last season too, even though ankle injuries restricted him to 34 league starts, scoring five times.
Tufan - like Honeyman, 27 years-old - spent the first half of last season on loan in the Premier League, although he made only four league starts and three substitute appearances for Watford before being sent back to Fenerbahce.
Tufan is a 65-cap Turkish international expected to cost around £4m after the two clubs announced on Saturday night they had reached an agreement.
Seri, who Fulham bought for £25m four years ago, made 26 starts as the Cottagers won last season’s Championship. The 30-year-old’s Craven Cottage contract expires this week.
Traore - not to be confused with his namesake, the Barcelona winger - is awaiting a work permit to complete a free transfer.
All three new midfielders have spent time in the Turkish league.
Hull are also expected to sign Portuguese centre-back Tobias Figueiredo from Nottingham Forest in a busy first full transfer window since Turkish businessman and television personality Acun Ilicali bought the club.
Honeyman is not the only central midfielder to make way, with Richie Smallwood released to join Bradford City on a free transfer.
Striker Tom Eaves has joined Rotherham United, and fellow forward Mallik Wilks is set to be sold to Sheffield Wednesday.