Championship sides Sunderland and Hull City are set to compete to sign AFC Bournemouth defender Marc Wilson, according to The Mirror.

It was reported earlier that Sunderland had decided to pursue Wilson after ending their interest in Aston Villa defender Tommy Elphick, but now Championship rivals Hull City have joined the race.

Wilson, 30, spent most of his career with Stoke City, making 178 appearances over six years with the club.  He left to join Bournemouth last summer but is yet to make a Premier League appearances for the Cherries.

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In January, the defender left Bournemouth on loan to link up with his former Stoke manager Tony Pulis at West Brom.  Wilson played four league games during his time at the club.  Tony Pulis is understood to be interested in signing Wilson permanently for a cut-price fee, but he will have to compete with Hull and Sunderland.

Having played for the club last season, Wilson may have a good idea of the amount of game-time he would be likely to get should he join West Brom.  However, being Championship clubs, Hull and Sunderland could offer the defender more regular first-team football.

Wilson, who has made 25 international appearances for the Republic of Ireland, can play at centre-back or full-back, which makes him a very useful player to have on the books.

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West Brom may step up their interest in Wilson should they lose Jonny Evans to Manchester City today.  Newly-promoted Premier League side Brighton & Hove Albion are also reportedly interested in signing Wilson.

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