Sheffield United are owed a six-figure sum by Hull City after Stephen Quinn helped the East Yorkshire club reach the Premier League.
The advance, believed to be worth more than the £100,000, United will receive when the midfielder completes his half-century of appearances for Steve Bruce’s side, was written into the terms and conditions of Quinn’s transfer to the KC Stadium eight months ago.
Describing the 27-year-old as “a real bargain” soon after his arrival at City, Bruce intimated that the £2,000 per match instalments United had negotiated would cease after 50 games.
However, as The Star revealed in November, officials at Bramall Lane also inserted clauses guaranteeing them further amounts should Quinn be sold or achieve promotion from the Championship.
Bruce’s team were confirmed as runners-up following last weekend’s draw with Cardiff City and are scheduled to make a third payment should they avoid an immediate return to the second-tier.
“Hull City have further obligations to Sheffield United now they have gone up,” a source told this newspaper last night. “Despite some suggestions to the contrary, the fee for Stephen didn’t simply boil down to how much he would be involved for Hull.Like many deals in the business, it was much more complicated than that.”
Quinn made 239 outings for United.
Having rebutted Blackpool’s advances following their relegation to League One, United were forced to part company with former Republic of Ireland under-21 international after being beaten in the 2012 play-off final at Wembley.
With independent experts estimating Quinn earned between £450,000 and £500,000 during his last campaign in United colours, the Football League’s decision to introduce Salary Cost Management Protocol, which pegs spending on wages to a percentage of total turnover, forced his exit.
City’s coaching staff and first-team squad are reportedly set to share a £2m one-off bonus.