Di Matteo: Aston Villa in talks to sign Premier League player
By Amir Mir
Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo has confirmed the club are in talks with West Brom over the sale of James Chester.
Sky Sports reported on Thursday afternoon that Villa had a bid of £7million accepted for the centre-back.
Di Matteo, who was speaking in his press conference prior to his side’s first home game of the Championship season against Rotherham, confirmed the pursuit of Chester.
“We are in negotiations with the club and the player,” said Di Matteo, as quoted by the official Villa Facebook page. “Obviously still subject to a medical and personal terms.”
Chester, 27 moved to the Hawthorns last summer for a fee of £8 million from Hull, but has subsequently struggled under Tony Pulis’ side making only 19 appearances in all competitions.
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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.
Di Matteo has suffered two defeats in two games with his Villa side, most recently against fourth-tier side Luton in the EFL Cup, and has called for fresh faces to his side.
The Italian has now stated he wishes to bring in the right type of characters to improve his squad for the Championship season.
“I am pleased [on transfers], but obviously it takes time to bring in the right personalities, the right characters and players for this team,” said Di Matteo on the Villa facebook page.
“We are working behind the scenes to get this correct and as I said after the game [against Luton] we are looking to bring in some fresh faces to improve the team.”
Villa are searching for their first competitive win since February as they take on Rotherham at Villa Park in what is expected to be a full house on Saturday afternoon.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club have shown interest in three midfielders from the same Premier League club.