How Tottenham may have cost one goal, one assist midfielder his dream Premier League move

Hull City are reportedly worried that the sacking of Andre Villas-Boas could cost them the chance to sign Jake Livermore permanently.

The 24-year-old is currently on loan with Hull and every indication suggests that the player and Hull boss Steve Bruce would have been open to trying to do a permanent deal with Tottenham chairman Daniel Levy.

However, the chance of that has now been thrown up into the air as Tottenham await their new manager following the AVB era.

Livermore has been extremely impressive for Hull this season with 14 starts, one goal and one assist from his Premier League appearances so far, a set of numbers that he certainly wouldn’t have been able to replicate at White Hart Lane.

“Steve is keen to land Jake on a full-time transfer, and the boy himself has already said he is happy to make a permanent switch to the KC Stadium next month. Jake is really enjoying himself at Hull and is happy because he is getting the chance to play week-in, week-out in the Premier League,” a Hull City source told the Mirror.

The problem Livermore faces is that a new manager will want to come in and delay any loan deals turning into permanent moves until that person has had the chance to review the current squad.

With the January transfer window about to open, there could be other departures from the Tottenham squad, which make keeping Livermore an essential so the new boss has squad depth.

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That would be frustrating for the player because there are several midfielders a new boss simply won’t get rid of, all ahead of Livermore in the pecking order at White Hart Lane.

“It would be a big blow to lose Jake at this stage, but it’s all down to what the new manager at Tottenham decides he wants to do,” added the source.

It’s a fair comment and it’s impossible to expect Tottenham to do business when they don’t have a manager in place because that new gaffer may decide that he wants to keep Livermore in some capacity.

There have been several criticisms of the way Tottenham are run this week but they are not naïve enough to make decisions when they don’t even have at least a head coach in place.

Livermore and Hull should be able to continue their relationship, it just won’t happen officially until Levy makes that next managerial appointment.

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