Swansea City have completed the signing of Sam Clucas from Hull City. Sky Sports report that the deal could be worth up to £16.5 million and that the player joins on a four-year contract. Burnley had previously had a bid turned down for the midfielder, which shows that there was other interest for the Swans to overcome.
The versatile player did well during his one season in the Premier League and proved that he was good enough for this level. He featured in all but one of Hull’s matches and was one of their better performers during the campaign. Clucas will be a good option to have in the Swansea squad as he can play a number of positions including central midfield and left wing. The following quotes from the 26-year-old were posted on the club’s website.
“I’ve seen a lot of Swansea and one of the main reasons I decided to come here was because of the way they play football. I think it suits me.”
“I had a bitter sweet season last year with relegation. Because of my playing background, I never thought I would play in the Premier League so I relished every game I played. From the first time I kicked a ball in the Premier League it was a dream come true.”
The appeal of the Premier League was huge and Clucas was keen to remain in the league after a strong showing last season. Swansea have been known as a team that plays a good style and that makes them an attractive club to join. After selling Gylfi Sigurdsson, it was important to sign some new players and the midfielder arrives to help replace the Icelandic international. He is a different type of player, but he provides an option in the middle of the park and should prove to be a good addition.
Here is how Twitter reacted to the news:
— Swansea City AFC (@SwansOfficial) August 23, 2017
£16.5m for Sam Clucas pic.twitter.com/QdPw8HcTQg
— Footy Accumulators (@FootyAccums) August 23, 2017
— Ryan Thomas (@wardiaz85) August 21, 2017
Sam Clucas gone for £16.5m?some shockers so far but wow ? surely now it's time Loi clubs start demanding High fee's for players
— Karl Sheppard (@karlsheppard9) August 23, 2017
£17m for Sam Clucas. Deary me. I thought 30p for a Freddo was bad.
— JK (@karta_13) August 22, 2017
The reaction from the Swansea fans was mixed:
Liking the sound of Sam Clucas. #Swans
— colin lewis (@ligarius) August 23, 2017
Clucas is extremely hard working, gives 100% every time and that compensates for a lot of his flaws but can't pretend I'm not underwhelmed.
— Guto Llewelyn (@GutoLlewelyn) August 21, 2017
Clucas hs got it for me like, I seen enough of him last year. £16.5m for a future England midfielder in today's market isn't all that bad.
— Micky (@89MJU) August 23, 2017
Hull City fans wished him well, but felt the club got a good deal:
Gutted to lose Clucas, one of the rare players in the modern game that gives his all regardless. Deserves another crack at the PL. #hcafc
— Michael Mitchinson (@Mitchinson88) August 23, 2017
You don't turn down £16m for a player like Sam Clucas. Especially if he wants to play in the PL. No way, no how. #hcafc
— Rick (@HullCityLive) August 23, 2017
£16m for Sam Clucas is brilliant money for an average player, but only if it gets invested in the squad! #hcafc
— Adam (@AdamPreston18) August 23, 2017
Although not all were sad to see him go:
— David Fergus (@dave204) August 23, 2017