Hull should try to tempt James Chester back to the KC

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Out of favour West Brom defender, James Chester could be set to make a shock return to his former club, Hull City.

Since signing for the Baggies in the summer for £8 million, the Welsh international has made just five appearances including three in the Premier League.

Chester has stated previously his frustration at a lack of game time and his fears of missing out on a place in Chris Coleman's Wales squad for the Euro 2016 championship.


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Chester said in November: "I know myself that I need to be playing at my club to give me the best chance of going to France and playing when we get there."

The 26-year-old was spotted in the Hull St Stephens Shopping Centre on Monday after his team's game against Newcastle where he was an unused substitute and this has sparked rumours of a possible return to his former club.

Hull are currently without Michael Dawson and Alex Bruce and have only two fit centre-backs available in Curtis Davies and Harry Maguire.

The return of Chester, however, would give manager Steve Bruce the option to play a 3-5-2 formation, a system that was utilised in their promotion to the Premier League in 2013. Whilst a permanent move for Chester is unlikely, a six-month loan deal could suit both parties, allowing the defender to gain much-needed game time.

However, Chester may be reluctant to drop down to the Championship if he is to secure a place in the Wales squad and Tony Pulis may want to keep the defender as cover.

The reality for Chester is he needs to play regular football to have any chance of going to France in the summer and if he can't get that at West Brom the defender may need to look elsewhere and - as a fan favourite at his previous club - supporters will be more than happy if he were to return to the KC Stadium.

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