By Amir Mir
Aston Villa have had a £7million bid accepted for West Brom defender James Chester – and supporters are glad Roberto Di Matteo is strengthening the team after the humiliating defeat to Luton.
Sky Sports reported on Thursday afternoon on their official website that the 27-year-old Wales international will now hold talks with Villa over personal terms and could move in the next few days if he agrees a deal and passes a medical.
Many supporters were debating where the versatile defender would play as Villa have many problems with their defence after conceding three goals against League Two Luton in the EFL Cup on Wednesday night.
Chester can operate as a right-sided centre-back or play in a right-back position, with one fan stating that the Welshman would make a good partnership with the club’s captain Tommy Elphick.
Another fan believes that Chester who has Championship experience with Hull is a £3million upgrade on the recently departed Ciaran Clark who signed for Championship rivals Newcastle.
Bu supporters were pleased that a bid had been accepted for his services, as they hope the club’s underperformers do not play for the club again, with one fan singling out Micah Richards.
Here are the fans reaction on Twitter.
— Scott Barker (@ScottBarkington) August 11, 2016
You buy James Chester at any cost. You buy Joe Ledley at any cost, then you find a new striker and RB – at any cost. #AVFC
— James Rushton (@Jamorushton) August 11, 2016
Chester and Elphick would be a good pairing to be honest. #AVFC
— The Holte (@TheHolteTweets) August 11, 2016
James Chester ???????? him and Elphick together would make a massive difference #avfc
— Paul Mason (@paulmason1986) August 11, 2016
James Chester £8m. Big fee but it's only what WBA paid for him themselves. Can't be any worse than Lescott/Richards #avfc
— B (@major_marvel) August 11, 2016
£7m is a good bit of business for James Chester.. Anything around the £10m mark would be a bit much. #AVFC
— The VILLA Bible (@VillaBible) August 11, 2016
totally agree. Price irrelevant IMO. But question is,will he play RB or CB?Seems to have played mostly RB or right CB in a trio #avfc
— Chrsmo (@Chrsmo) August 11, 2016
If Chester comes in we should just sack Micah Richards. #AVFC
— James Felipe (@Jfelipe1) August 11, 2016
James Chester is an ok signing. Nothing special but will graft for us unlike many of our current squad #avfc
— John Byng (@john_byng) August 11, 2016
Chester moved to the Hawthorns last summer for a fee of £8 million from Hull City, but has 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.
Di Matteo has already added a centre-back to his squad when he signed Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick for a fee of £3million earlier on in the summer.
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