London: Premier League West Bromwich Albion have signed Wales international defender James Chester from relegated Hull City on a four-year deal, the Baggies said on Wednesday.
No fee was given but media reports put the deal at eight million pounds ($12.51 million).
West Brom manager Tony Pulis told the club website (www.wba.co.uk) that the 26-year-old, who started his career at Manchester United, came with glowing references from Hull boss Steve Bruce.
"James did very well for Hull City. I`ve had a good chat with him and he`s the type of player I like," said Pulis.
"He`s young, a strong character, a good defender, he has good feet and he has the Manchester United stamp all over him, just like (Stoke City`s) Ryan Shawcross and (West Brom`s) Darren Fletcher.
"Steve especially gave him a great mention and there is no better accolade than Steve Bruce giving a defender a good drum roll," he added.
Pulis said West Brom, who finished 13th last season, were looking to bring in more players.