By Alan Hutton

16th Jan, 2020 | 6:04pm

'Great' - Exclusive: Alan Hutton reacts as English club plot raid to sign 'Fantastic' Villa star

Alan Hutton says that a move to Middlesbrough could be a “great” move for Aston Villa defender James Chester this month.

The former Villa and Scotland full-back, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor, says that the centre-back’s injury problems mean he has a point to prove and that he cannot achieve that staying where he is.

As exclusively revealed by Football Insider, Middlesbrough have set their sights on signing the 30-year-old this month as he heads towards the end of his contract this summer.

Hutton says that with his lack of playing time this season it is perhaps in everyone’s best interests if his old teammate moves on, insisting Boro would be a good move for him.

“There is a few in front of him in the list, he’s a fantastic player but he’s had a few problems with his knees,” Hutton told Football Insider.

“He’s back, I spoke to him recently and he says he’s feeling good. Probably in his mind, he needs to go and play. With six months left and obviously he’s had the issue with his knees, he needs to go out and prove that he is fit, he can handle the games.

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“Middlesbrough are on the up, they’re doing really well and under the likes of Woodgate and Robbie Keane as well, it would be great for him. That could be a good move, I think it will be good for him to go.”

Having returned from a serious knee injury, Chester has just two first-team outings under Dean Smith this season, neither of which have come in the Premier League.

He has played a total of 126 times for the Villans, while he also has 35 international caps for Wales.

In other Aston Villa news, Hutton suggests that one senior player has made his final appearance for the club.