Report: West Brom closing on £8million capture of Hull's James Chester

West Bromwich Albion are reportedly set to sign Hull City defender James Chester.

West Bromwich Albion are set to capture Hull City defender James Chester for £8million, according to BBC Sport

Reports suggest that the 26-year-old has left the East Yorkshire club's pre-season training camp in Austria for talks with the Baggies; a move that will see him make a quick return to the Premier League after enduring the pain of relegation last season.

The Wales international had been linked with the Midlands outfit for long periods of the summer and Tony Pulis has now made his move ahead of rivals Crystal Palace and Southampton, who were also interested, as reported by The Independent.

For Chester, next summer's European Championships in France have provided extra motivation to secure a move away from the KC Stadium.

With Chris Coleman's Wales side looking a good bet to qualify for the major international tournament, he is naturally keen to be playing at the highest level possible in order to remain in his coach's consideration.

Chester made 27 appearances for Hull last season, scoring two goals, as Steve Bruce's men were relegated back to the Championship alongside Queens Park Rangers and Burnley.

The 26-year-old averaged eight defensive actions per appearance, the fifth best total at Hull, while he won 45% of his attempted tackles and 54% of his headed duels. He also found success in 82% of his total attempted passes. 

Whether he would be guaranteed a starting berth at the Hawthorns remains to be seen, but one can envisage him forming an effective centre-back partnership with former Manchester City man Joleon Lescott, which could see Gareth McAuley dropped to the bench. 

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