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Aston Villa in talks with James Chester after bid is accepted by West Brom

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Aston Villa are closing in on West Bromwich Albion's James Chester.

Villa are believed to have had a bid accepted for the Wales international defender and hope to push through a deal in the next few days, subject to a successful medical and the completion of personal terms.

Roberto Di Matteo admitted after last night's EFL Cup defeat to Luton Town that more reinforcements and a defensive improvement were needed quickly.

Chester, who has struggled for first team opportunities at The Hawthorns, since joining from Hull City for £8 million last summer, fits the bill.

The 27-year-old centre-half has experience of the Championship and played a vital part in Wales' march to the semi finals of Euro 2016 last month.

Chester made the most challenges and interceptions of any players in the tournament - 36.

Villa are in the market for a new central defender after selling Ciaran Clark to Newcastle and telling Baggies old boy Joleon Lescott to look for a new club.

If the deal goes through, the prospect of regular football will have been a major factor in convincing Chester to drop down a division despite rumoured interest from Premier League clubs, including Middlesbrough.

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/transfer-update-aston-villa-talks-11735022

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In talks 

http://www.birminghammail.co.uk/sport/football/transfer-news/transfer-update-aston-villa-talks-11735022

 

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Aston Villa are closing in on West Bromwich Albion's James Chester.

Villa are believed to have had a bid accepted for the Wales international defender and hope to push through a deal in the next few days, subject to a successful medical and the completion of personal terms.

Roberto Di Matteo admitted after last night's EFL Cup defeat to Luton Town that more reinforcements and a defensive improvement were needed quickly.

Chester, who has struggled for first team opportunities at The Hawthorns, since joining from Hull City for £8 million last summer, fits the bill.

 

 

 

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Sceptical about this. Had a good Euros but not seen much of him before that. 

But then again definitely better than the "defenders" on display last night.

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Was decent before when to WBA , IIRC was ex Man U youth played out of position by Pulis at RB alot 

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Oh dear when I saw two threads I was hoping it was two different James Chesters as our need is so great.  now I see the other thread deleted

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IMO, I liked Chester when he was in his youth. As long as he forces the **** out of the team,  albeit temporarily. Only did poorly at West Brom as Pulis played him at RB (Sounds slightly familiar...)

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4 minutes ago, Dirtysanchez said:

Not a fan of this at all

Better option to have then Richards!

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Just now, calcifer said:

Better option to have then Richards!

I'm a better option than Richards

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1 minute ago, Phumfeinz said:

Don't know much about him at all, but his name is uninspiring so I'm completely underwhelmed.

I heard he can chest the ball pretty well. :trollface:

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Get him in, he's been part of the Wales squad which has loads of fight and spirit and is a solid player.  It will also push Richards further down the pecking order if we are stuck with him. 

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He's better than Richards/Okore/Lescott. That's good enough at the moment. 

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Has to be better than Richards. An Elphick and Chester partnership could work. 

After last night, Okore and Richards can both never play in a Villa shirt as far as I'm concerned. 

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1 minute ago, Richard said:

I'm a better option than Richards

My wife is a better option then Richards to be honest, she may be 35 weeks pregnant but can still move faster then that clown!

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