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West Ham player makes his decision amid interest from Derby and Hull

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West Ham United defender Reece Burke has turned down the opportunity to join Derby County in favour of moving to Hull City instead, according to The Sun.

Hull were set to sign Burke in a £1.5m deal but Derby came in with a late bid.

However, Burke is now set for a permanent Hull switch after he chose them over Derby.

This was thought to be because of the first-team assurances he received from the Tigers – something that Derby could now offer him at the moment.

The 21-year-old broke into the West Ham first-team aged 17 when he made his debut in an FA Cup clash with Nottingham Forest and he has gone on to play 11 times for the Hammers, scoring once.

Burke has been sent out to Bradford City, Wigan Athletic and Bolton Wanderers on loan in his career, impressing particularly with the Bantams where he won the Player of the Year accolade.

Predominantly a centre-half, the former England under-20 international can also play as a right-back but he is finally going to leave his boyhood club on a permanent deal after dropping down the pecking order at The London Stadium.

The Verdict

This is a fantastic signing for Hull and a big blow for Derby.

Burke could have been an excellent partner for Curtis Davies at the back and a long-term star in the heart of the defence.

But Hull now have a top young player in their ranks; someone with experience but still plenty to learn and someone who is confident on the ball, dominant in the air and not afraid of a physical challenge.

Hull and Derby fans – What do you make of this? Let us know below…

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