Shane Long looks set to join Hull City, at the second time of asking, as is it believed a deal has been reached between West Brom and the Tigers.
The fee is understood to be in the region of £5.5 million, rising to a potential £7 million.
The 26 year old, almost joined Hull on transfer deadline day in September except for the intervention of then West Brom manager Steve Clarke. However, with Clarke no longer at the helm at The Hawthorns, the once Reading striker seems all but set to get his move to the KC Stadium.
Long, who had 18 months left on his current deal for West Brom, couldn’t be swayed to stay at the club after the arrival of new manager Pepe Mel this week.
The Tipperary native has only netted 3 goals for the Baggies this campaign, failing to score until their 2-2 draw against Chelsea in November. Despite this, Steve Bruce has persisted in his pursuit of Long whilst also securing the signature of Nikica Jelavic from Everton yesterday, for a club record fee.
It shouldn’t come as a surprise that Bruce needs to reinforce his front line as Hull have only managed 22 goals from 21 games in the league this season.
Hull will be hoping to pick their first points of 2014 this weekend as they travel to Norwich after suffering defeats to Liverpool and Chelsea since the turn of the year.