Aston Villa boost as club make transfer deadline with one minute to spare
By Amir Mir
Aston Villa chief executive Keith Wyness has confirmed new signing James Chester is available on Saturday – after he was registered with a minute to spare.
Wyness revealed the club rushed through the transfer documents on Friday afternoon with league officials to ensure Chester can play in the Championship clash against Rotherham.
Chester, 24 put pen to paper on a four-year deal on Friday afternoon after making a switch from Midland rivals West Brom.
The centre-back has moved to Villa Park for a fee totalling around £8million before Wyness revealed the details of the late red-tape drama on Friday.
The club chief was asked by a supporter if the Wales international can feature in the club’s home fixture against Rotherham on Saturday afternoon.
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“He can play if selected,” Wyness replied on his personal Twitter account. “We made it by a minute.”
Here is the exchange between the supporter and the club’s CEO.
— Roger. W (@RogW38) August 12, 2016
he can play if selected , we made it by a minute! #greatclubsec
— keith wyness (@retsub12) August 12, 2016
Wyness spent close to a decade as chief executive in the top tier of Scottish and English football at Aberdeen and Everton, respectively.
As a result, he holds one of the key roles as the former European Cup winners attempt to win instant promotion to the top flight of English football.
Roberto 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 revealed striker decision after holding crunch talks