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Football: Hammers defender is third City signing

Hull City’s new signing: Reece Burke

Hull City have completed a second signing in the space of 24 hours after agreeing a deal to bring defender Reece Burke to the KCOM Stadium from West Ham United for an undisclosed fee. Burke, 21, has signed a three-year deal with an additional one-year option held by the Club and adds further to the Tigers’ defensive options for the new season.

A strong centre back, Burke has been on West Ham’s books since the age of nine but he is now ready and excited to make a fresh start in East Yorkshire. “I’m over the moon to have signed for Hull City,” said Burke, who has flown out to Portugal to join
up with the rest of the first team squad at their training camp on the Algarve.

“I enjoy playing football and I see this move as a big opportunity for me. I’ve had a good chat with the head coach and I know that the club were really keen to bring me here. That is a nice feeling to have.”

Burke made 15 senior appearances after progressing through the ranks with the Hammers, but it has been during loan spells that the bulk of his first team experience has been gained.

He has spent the majority of the last two seasons in the Championship with Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers respectively, and he won the Player of the Season award during a season-long loan at Bradford City in 2015/16 a year after being named West Ham’s Young Player of the Year.

Burke has also represented England at U18, U19 and U20 level.

David Milinkovic

On Monday (July 9) the Tigers announced the  signing of winger David Milinkovic from Italian side Genoa, subject to international clearance. Milinkovic, 24, has signed a three-year deal with an additional one-year option held by the club, and arrives for an undisclosed fee

An exciting wide player operating primarily on the left flank, Milinkovic spent last season on loan with Hearts in the Scottish Premiership where he bagged six goals and contributed five assists in 26 appearances. Although he was born in France, Milinkovic spent much of his early career playing in Serbia where he has citizenship before moving into Italian football with Genoa in 2016

Head Coach Nigel Adkins is looking forward to working with the winger and is pleased to have brought him to the KCOM Stadium. “David is a talented, skilful player and we’re delighted that we’ve been able to bring him to Hull City when we know that a number of other clubs were also looking to sign him,” he told Beverley FM.

“He enjoyed a very good loan spell with Hearts last season and he will add a further goal threat and creativity to our squad.”

The two signings add to the arrival of  defender Eric Lichaj from Nottingham Forest for an undisclosed fee. The 29-year-old United States international has signed a two-year deal, with an additional one-year option held by the Club.

Speaking about the move, Lichaj said: “It’s a fresh start for me and I want to repay Hull City for the faith that they have shown in me by bringing me here. I’ll be working my hardest, as I always do, every day in training and on matchdays.”

An experienced right back, Lichaj has more than 250 senior appearances to his name with the majority of those coming at Championship level. His breakthrough in English football came with Aston Villa, making a Premier League debut in 2010. Lichaj’s time at Villa Park also included loan spells with Lincoln City, Leyton Orient and Leeds United, before he made the permanent move to Nottingham Forest in the summer of 2013.

He has been the regular right back at the City Ground ever since and grabbed the headlines last season when he scored twice in a 4-2 FA Cup victory over Arsenal. On the international scene, Lichaj made his senior debut in 2010 and so far has 15 caps to his name.