By Amir Mir

James Chester has joined Aston Villa from West Brom, it was announced on Friday afternoon.

Villa announced on their official website and Twitter account that the 27-year-old centre-back has signed a four-year contract.

The announcement came shortly after Villa’s new owner Tony Xia posted a picture shaking hands with the new arrival.

“Aha! Hard work everyone!” Xia posted on his personal Twitter account. “Welcome to Villa! Up the Villa!”

Chester moved to the Hawthorns last summer for a fee of £8 million from Hull, but subsequently struggled under Tony Pulis’ side making only 19 appearances in all competitions.

However the Welshman did enjoy a successful Euro 2016 campaign, as his home country reached the semi-finals of the competition with Chester making the most challenges and interceptions of any player at the tournament with 36.

His new manager Di Matteo will be pleased with his new signing after watching his side ship in three goals at Luton Town on Wednesday night.

Chester who can play as a right-sided centre-back or right-back will provide competition to Micah Richards, Alan Hutton and Tommy Elphick, with Richards and Hutton positions the most under threat.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, owner Tony Xia has blocked the transfer of this defender.