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West Brom agree deal for Hull defender

James Chester is off to The Hawthorns. Credit: PA

West Brom have agreed a deal worth up to £8million for Hull defender James Chester.

The 26-year-old is due at the club for a medical on Tuesday afternoon with terms agreed to move to The Hawthorns.

He is expected to tie up the switch within the next 24 hours after leaving Hull's training camp in Austria as Tony Pulis' recruitment drive gathers pace.

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Bruce didn't expect Hull survival battle

Hull boss Steve Bruce has admitted he never imagined the Tigers would be fighting for their Premier League lives after starting their campaign with arguably the strongest squad in the club's history.

Bruce was widely credited with landing the pick of the transfer deadline day buys with Abel Hernandez, Mohamed Diame, Gaston Ramirez and on-loan Newcastle midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa all arriving at the KC Stadium.

Steve Bruce could be taking his team down. Credit: PA

"At the end of August when I looked at the squad I didn't think we would be in this situation. There have been many reasons why but I don't really want to make excuses - this isn't the time for it.

"We've had a tough four or five months with big players not being able to take part but we've got to take it on the chin and accept we haven't been good enough. We've got one last chance to redeem ourselves."

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