Fraizer Campbell To Be a Black Cat, Not a Tiger

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IJuly 10, 2009

LONDON - MAY 24:  Marvin Elliott of Bristol City battles with Fraizer Campbell of Hull City during the Coca Cola Championship Playoff Final match between Hull City and Bristol City at Wembley Stadium on May 24, 2008 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)

It was announced to day that Hull City's No. 1 transfer pick Fraizer Campbell will be heading to Sunderland's Stadium of Light, rather than his old home of the Kingston Communication Stadium in Hull.

Tiger's boss Phil Brown told the Hull Daily Mail that, "I took a phone call from Sir Alex (Ferguson) and he was apologetic that the player had not come to us. He firmly believed this was the right club for Fraizer but he's obviously getting advice from somewhere else."

The Tiger's tabled a successful £6m bid for the young English striker with Manchester United but due to the European Under 21 championships, and Campbell's advisors haggling with Manchester United for a severance package meant the transfer dragged on. This allowed Sunderland's new manager Steve Bruce the time to table a counter offer.

Bruce a long time admirer of Campbell tried to sign the forward last season to Wigan when both Hull City and Wigan were unsuccessful as Campbell was switched to Tottenham in a season long loan deal as part of the Berbatov deal.

Campbell is reported to have signed for £5m with the North Easts only Premiership club. Which would give the appearance of the player following the money train with Black Cats out bidding the Tigers who offered the player in excess of £1m a year in wages.