Tigers complete deals with raid on Old Trafford

ADAM PEARSON last night confirmed Hull City's business in the current transfer window was complete after Manchester United midfielder Corry Evans became the club's fifth signing since the turn of the year.

The 20-year-old Northern Ireland international has joined the Tigers on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent deal being struck in the summer.

Evans, the brother of United defender Jonny, is the third player to move to the KC Stadium from Old Trafford in recent weeks with Hull having already signed James Chester for 300,000 and loaned Cameron Stewart.

Manager Nigel Pearson has also brought in 2.5m strike pairing, Peterborough United's Aaron Mclean and Matty Fryatt of Leicester City, since the window opened, while a hectic fortnight in the East Riding has seen agreement reached over an extension to Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone's loan stay and Brad Guzan make a month-long switch from Aston Villa.

Now, however, Hull's head of football operations Adam Pearson has revealed that the club plan no further business before the closing of the window on January 31.

He told the Yorkshire Post: "This is it and there are no plans, at this stage, for any more additions now Corry Evans has signed.

"We are pleased with what we have managed to do in the first two weeks of the transfer window and now we just have to see how the new lads gel with the rest of the squad.

"We believe all the new signings will make us stronger in the second half of the season."

Hull's transfer outlay so far this month stands just short of 3m, a sizeable sum that is likely to make the club comfortably Yorkshire's biggest spenders come the end of the January window.

Manager Pearson's spending power over the past fortnight has been in stark contrast to the summer when his total outlay was the 50,000 that brought Jay Simpson north from Arsenal.

It has been made possible by the recent 40m takeover by Assem and Ehab Allam that saved the club from financial meltdown following two years of ruinous spending in the Premier League.

The Allams, who earlier this week revealed their interest in purchasing the KC Stadium from the local council, are determined to build on the upturn in form that has seen Hull lose just once in 10 league games.

Bringing in Evans from Manchester United with a view to a permanent deal is another sign of the new owners' ambitions with the Northern Ireland midfielder winning huge praise from Nigel Worthington after making his international debut last year.

The 20-year-old has since gone on to make eight appearances and has netted one goal, the winner in a Euro 2012 qualifier against Slovenia in September.

Hull's head of football operations Pearson said: "Corry is a lad we would like to have a look at with regards making the transfer permanent. He has joined us on loan for the rest of the season so this is a chance to properly assess him.

"The manager really likes the look of Corry and has been watching him for some time."

On Evans becoming the third player from Old Trafford to join the Tigers, Pearson added: "There is no better place to bring a player up than Manchester United. They are excellent professionals, on and off the pitch. It is easy to see they have been brought up in the right way.

"Manchester United do things in the right way, making sure everything is done to give the lads the best chance.

"The three lads are all living together in the same house now that they have joined us so we think that will help them settle.

"It is little things like that which can make all the difference as to whether a player settles or not."

Hull today host a Barnsley side who have enjoyed a decent start to 2011 with a creditable draw at Nottingham Forest on New Year's Day being followed by a 2-1 win over Coventry City and an unfortunate FA Cup defeat to West Ham United.

As encouraging as that form has been, however, manager Mark Robins admits the on-going transfer saga involving Adam Hammill is in danger of becoming a distraction and wants the Reds' prized asset to resolve his future sooner rather than later.

The former Liverpool winger, 22, is wanted by Wolves, Blackpool and Nottingham Forest who are all willing to pay the 500,000 fee stipulated by a get-out clause in his Oakwell contract.

Robins said: "It is a difficult situation because it may determine what I can or cannot do (in the window). We are not in control of the situation and we are halfway through the month.

"It will be difficult to replace Adam because there are not many wingers like him around. There are one or two options out there but it depends on cost and the overall package."

Hammill, meanwhile, has confirmed that he will only leave Oakwell to join a Premier League club.

"This is a really difficult decision for me because I have got to weigh up how much game time I might get if I moved," he said. "I don't want to move for the sake of it and money will definitely not be a motivation if I did move.

"If I did leave it would have to be for a Premier League club. All the best players aspire to play in the Premier League and I am sure the gaffer wouldn't stand in my way if I were to go for the right reasons."