Hull City are hopeful of a deal for a Premier League defender on Monday, as confirmed by Nigel Adkins today.

A transfer has been agreed for an experienced top flight centre-half to join the club, according to BBC Humberside Sport journalist David Burns on Twitter. However, the paperwork hasn’t been completed yet meaning he wasn’t willing to give away any more details.

Hull have been in the hunt for a new centre-back to replace Tommy Elphick, who was recalled by fellow Championship side Aston Villa at the start of January, and look to have found their man now.

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Adkins is hoping to bring in a few players this month to help bolster his in-form side. Hull are looking for a new striker but Adkins has now ruled out a move for Middlesbrough’s Ashley Fletcher but a swoop for Southampton’s Sam Gallagher may still be a possibility.

The Tigers have also been linked with the likes of Aberdeen captain Graeme Shinnie, Derby County midfielder Jacob Butterfield as well as Liverpool winger Ben Woodburn, as reported by The72 earlier today.

Who could the mystery incoming defender be?

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The potential signing is anyone’s guess and there will be a reason why Adkins was keen to keep it on the down low.

The clue is ‘an experienced defender with plenty of Championship experience’. Names that initially pop up are Cardiff City’s Matthew Connolly, Fulham duo Tim Ream and Dennis Odoi or Everton’s Phil Jagielka, but who knows what the Tigers have up their sleeve.

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