Hull City are set to sign Matthew Pennington from Everton, reports the Liverpool Echo.
The 24-year-old is due to undergo a medical ahead of a move which will see him join The Tigers on a season-long loan deal.
There has been much interest in the defender this summer, but reports linking him with a move away had gone quiet prior to this deal being worked out.
It is therefore no surprise to see Everton let him leave, especially as he had fallen down the pecking order at the club, with Chris Smalling being sought-after.
Pennington has good experience of the Championship and has made a combined total of 54 appearances from spells at Leeds and, most recently, at Ipswich.
Hull already have five centre-backs in the squad already, with Ryan Tafazolli joining earlier this summer to provide competition for Jordy de Wijs and Reece Burke, who were first-choice last season.
Pennington will therefore have to prove himself upon joining, but given his experience and pedigree it is possible he will go straight into Grant McCann’s starting line-up.
This is an excellent signing for Hull and Pennington should do well there after a disappointing spell with the Tractor Boys last season.
McCann now has a healthy selection of centre-backs to choose from and that should lead to better performances from each of them, as they look to nail down a starting place.
Another positive for Hull is that Pennington doesn’t have too long left on his current deal so if he impresses they could be able to sign him for a cut-price deal next summer.