Hull City are closing on the signing of Abdoulaye Meite on loan from West Bromwich Albion, Sky Sports sources understands.
West Brom boss Roberto Di Matteo is understood to be keen on rejigging his defensive options and is ready to let Meite leave.
Skysports.com understands that Di Matteo already has another defender in mind, but first will have to see if Meite completes a move to the KC Stadium.
28-year-old Meite only joined West Brom last year from Bolton - but he is now looking to seal a quick return to the Premier League.
Hull boss Phil Brown saw Michael Turner join Sunderland on Monday and he needs to bolster his own backline.