Structure of Tyler Smith's move from Sheffield United to Hull revealed as he describes City as "perfect club" for him

Tyler Smith’s move from Sheffield United to Hull City was sanctioned on a free transfer to satisfy the transfer restrictions that City are currently working under, according to reports in East Yorkshire, although the Blades have taken steps to protect their investment should Smith be sold in the future.

Monday, 30th August 2021, 10:42 am
Bournemouth's Chris Mepham climbs above Hull City's Tyler Smith: Mark Kerton/PA Wire.

The 22-year-old, who had five loan spells at different clubs before making his senior Blades debut earlier this season, agreed a permanent switch to Hull on Friday after the terms of the agreement were finalised.

After taking a loan from the English Football League last season, City are currently not allowed to pay fees for any signings – a difficulty they will again encounter when they look to bring United’s Regan Slater back to East Yorkshire before Tuesday night’s 11pm transfer deadline.

As such, Smith made the switch to Hull on a free transfer – although Hull Live report that United will receive a fee from Hull if Smith is sold on in the future.

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United confirmed on Friday that Smith had left “for an undisclosed fee” after “seeking first-team football”. He made his City debut at the weekend, in a goalless draw at home to AFC Bournemouth.

“It’s nice to earn a permanent move,” Sheffied-born Smith admitted.

“I’ve been up and down the country to different clubs on loan since I was 18 and, while it has been great to get first team experience, you just want to settle and make somewhere your home.

“I feel Hull City is the perfect club for me in that respect.”