By Harvey Byrne
West Brom boss Tony Pulis is weighing up a £6million move for Aston Villa forward Rudy Gestede, according to a report.
The Sun have claimed that the Baggies have joined Premier League rivals Hull in the hunt for the 28-year-old.
It is believed that Pulis is looking at the Benin international as the player who can support star striker Salomon Rondon.
Saido Berahino is currently enduring more problems at the Midlands side and is currently a target for Mark Hughes and Stoke.
Meanwhile, summer signing Hal Robson-Kanu has failed to make much of an impact in his first eight appearances for the team.
It is reported that the Tigers are looking to offer Abel Hernandez the chance to reunite with Steve Bruce in an attempt to land Gestede.
However, Villa may be looking to recoup the £6million they spent to bring the powerful striker in from Blackburn in the summer of 2015.
Gestede still has four years left on his current deal at Villa Park.
However, he has struggled since his move with just nine goals and four assists in 49 appearances for the club.
He made a 15 minute appearance in the most recent 3-1 victory over Cardiff on Saturday and his time at Villa may now be running out.
Football Insider verdict:
Gestede is the typical player that Pulis looks to add to his squad. The forward is better in the air than he is with the ball at his feet and would suit the experienced manager’s system perfectly. He has not managed to nail down a regular starting spot at Aston Villa and the club should look to make the money back that they originally paid for him. Hernandez would not be a good deal for Villa, as he has shown in 35 fixtures in the Premier League that he is not good enough for the top flight. The Midlands outfit should look at the bigger picture and they can sign a much better player with the £6million windfall from Gestede.
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