Tigers bag French stopper

By: Ian Hart 29th June 2009


Hull have completed a deal to sign highly rated defender Steven Mouyokolo


Hull boss Phil Brown made his first moves in the transfer market as he looks to strengthen the side that fell away so alarmingly towards the end of last season.

A fee was agreed for Boulogne defender Steven Mouyokolo back in January but the Frenchman has now joined the Tigers officially.

Mouyokolo impressed last season, at one stage his performances were attracting interest from the likes of Bolton, Newcastle and even Arsenal, as he helped Boulogne to reach French Ligue 1 for the first time in their history.

At 6.2ft he is a commanding figure in the centre of the defence and looks perfectly suited to the physicality of the English game.

He is just 22-years-old though which is partially why Brown was happy to let him finish the season in Ligue 2 in France.

He will have picked up some much needed experience in those months and will be eager to get going having made the step-up.

Mouyokolo began his career at Ligue 2 side Chateauroux in 2006 but did not make a senior appearance before making the switch to FC Gueugnon a year later.

Again, he spent one season there, making 22 appearances, before signing for Boulogne.

Hull will hope he is a success over here and spends more than one season at the KC Stadium.

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