Hull City have completed the signing of Stephen Hunt from Reading for an undisclosed amount.
The two clubs agreed a deal earlier this week and Reading have now confirmed the sale of the midfielder for 'a sizeable fee'.
Hunt's future has been the subject of speculation since the Royals were relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2007/8 campaign.
The Republic of Ireland international stayed at the Madejski Stadium but Reading failed to bounce straight back up and he decided earlier this summer it was time to leave.
Reading director of football Nick Hammond has thanked Hunt for making such a huge contribution to the club since his arrival from Brentford in 2005.
He said: "Stephen Hunt has been a very effective player in the four years he has been at Reading Football Club, and given us great value.
"He developed enormously as a player here, coming to us on a free transfer and going on to become an established international player.
"He has made it known for some time that he was ready for a new challenge, and this is a good move for all three parties.
"We wish him all the very best for the future."
Having been frustrated in his efforts to sign several players this summer, Hull manager Phil Brown will be delighted to secure Hunt ahead of the opening game of the season at Chelsea on Saturday.
The Tigers are also expected to announce the capture of Kemal Ghilas from Celta Vigo later on Thursday and are closing in on Real Madrid striker Alvaro Negredo.