West Brom have agreed a fee with recently relegated Hull City for the transfer of centre half James Chester, believed to be worth in the region of £8million.
The Welsh international joined Hull City from Manchester United in 2011 and went on to make 171 appearances for the club, but with just a year left on his contract, and Hull playing Championship football next season, Steve Bruce has decided to cash in on the centre half now rather than risk losing him for nothing next summer.
The 26 year old becomes the second Hull player to be allowed permission to speak to a new club over the last twenty four hours, with Robbie Brady on the verge of securing a move to Premier League newcomers Norwich City.
Chester will become West Brom’s second signing of the summer following James McClean’s move from Wigan. Baggies boss Tony Pulis also remains keen on bringing in Matt Phillips from QPR, Serge Gnabry on loan from Arsenal, and former Wolves winger Bakary Sako, who is available on a free transfer.
Elsewhere, West Brom have also dismissed rumours linking star striker Saido Berahino with a move away from the Midlands club. Reports had linked Tottenham with a £20million move for the England U-21 striker, but the Baggies have announced that they have received no offers for the Burundi born centre forward.
The club tweeted;
“Ok, this is getting silly now. So let us make it clear. There has been NO bid for Saido. That’s it. Carry on everyone.”