U.S. defender Eric Lichaj completes transfer to Hull City

United States international defender Eric Lichaj completed his move to Hull City from Nottingham Forest on Friday.

As reported by ESPN FC earlier this month, Forest were willing to sell the 29-year-old as he entered the final year of his contract.

He has now signed a two-year contract with fellow Championship club Hull, who hold an option for a third season.

"I'm excited about playing here and I'm looking forward to getting started with preseason next week," Lichaj said in a statement. "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."

Lichaj made 190 appearances for Forest since joining the club on a free transfer from Aston Villa in the summer of 2013 and was a big fans' favourite at the club. Forest signed him to a new deal in January to ensure he could not leave for free this summer.

The versatile defender scored one of the goals of last season with his stunning strike in the shock FA Cup victory over then holders-Arsenal in January.

A number of MLS clubs had been monitoring Lichaj's situation at Forest, but he will stay in England, where he has played his entire career since signing for Aston Villa in 2007.