By Alex Taylor
Aston Villa have completed the signing of James Chester from West Brom – there was a mixed response from supporters on Twitter.
Villa announced on their official media channels on Friday afternoon that the 27-year-old centre-back has signed a four-year contract.
— Aston Villa FC (@AVFCOfficial) August 12, 2016
Chester has joined the Championship club after a series of outstanding performances for Wales at Euro 2016.
The defender was a key figure as his home country reached the semi-finals of the competition, making the most challenges and interceptions of any player at the tournament with 36.
But some supporters have pointed to his difficulty in breaking into the West Brom side last season.
Here are a selection of the messages from fans on Twitter:
Well James Chester can't do any worse than the last Albion player to go to Villa. Hope he's got a different phone to Lescott. #wba
— David Law (@DavidLawTennis) August 12, 2016
James Chester is worth £8m to Villa in our current situation!! That simple.
— 𝕕𝕒𝕧𝕖 (@doc3d) August 11, 2016
£8million for James Chester? At least its not just Villa that are paying over the odds for average players this season then #3millMaxPlayer
— Chris Barnes (@ThisIsCMBarnes) July 28, 2015
Chester moved to the Hawthorns last summer for a fee of £8 million from Hull, but has subsequently struggled under Tony Pulis’ side, making just 19 appearances in all competitions.
Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo will be pleased with the signing after watching his side concede 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’s positions the most under threat.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, owner Tony Xia has blocked the transfer of this defender.