Sky: Aston Villa have £7m bid accepted, deal to be done in days
By Amir Mir
Aston Villa have had a £7million bid accepted for West Brom defender James Chester, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim on their 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.
Roberto Di Matteo openly spoke about adding new reinforcements to the squad after his side were dumped out of the EFL Cup to League Two side Luton Town on Wednesday night.
It was reported by the Express and Star on Wednesday that Premier League outfit Middlesbrough had joined the hunt for the centre-back.
However it seems Villa have won the race to sign the versatile defender who is looking for regular first team football.
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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.
That led to the departure of Ciaran Clark to Championship rivals Newcastle for a fee of £5.1 million.
One key factor to Di Matteo targeting Chester would be his experience in the Championship with his former side Hull as the Italian faces an uphill task to guide the club back to the Premier League.
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