Arsenal's Young Striker Jay Simpson Joins Hull City's Tigers

Brian RhodesSenior Analyst IAugust 19, 2010

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Arsene Wenger and the Gunners have agreed terms with Hull City for the release of Jay "Homer" Simpson. The young Arsenal striker has been touted as a signing for a number of Championship clubs with Leeds United, Queen's Park Rangers, Crystal Palace, and Hull City, as the leading contenders for the 21-year old's signature.

However, it is believed that Hull City were Simpson's favored choice from day one, but with the East Yorkshire club undergoing financial restructuring, the deal was far from a formality.

The England U17 and U18 striker has had successful loan spells with three Championship clubs and scored 12 goals in 39 league appearances for Queen's Park Rangers last season.

According to Simpson's agent Leon Callender, "Jay is fit, ready and raring to go. He's played okay in preseason, scored a few goals, and he's been training well every day.

He also told the Hull Daily Mail, "He's looking forward to playing for Hull and he's up for it as soon as the contract is finalised. Hull has always been his No. 1 choice, and he can't wait to get started on a new chapter in his career."

The young player underwent a medical with the club this afternoon, prior to signing for an undisclosed fee, in a three year deal.

The signing can't come soon enough for Hull City boss, Nigel Pearson. The Tigers have a lack of strikers after the exit of Gabon International Daniel Cousin to Greek side Larissa. The Tigers are still without the services of Irish international Caleb Folan and experienced Premier League striker/winger Craig Fagan, who is still not fit for first team football.

Simpson is the fourth permanent signing for the Tigers new manager, Nigel Pearson who will join Nolberto Solano, James Harper, Robert Koren, and John Bostock on loan.