Aston Villa will be powerless in preventing James Chester join Stoke

Aston Villa defender James Chester is a transfer target for Stoke City and they are said to be readying a new £7million bid according to The Mail Online.

What’s the story?

The 29-year-old Manchester United youth product joined Aston Villa from West Bromwich Albion back in 2016 and has gone on to make 94 league appearances for the Villans, scoring seven goals.

Stoke made a £5million bid for the versatile defender which was rejected by Villa who want £10million for their valuable asset, as they still owe West Brom part of the transfer fee, according to the report.

Big man to replace

Chester has been a mainstay in the Aston Villa side, starting every Championship game last season, and he will be a very difficult man for Steve Bruce to replace.

However, the club’s well-publicised financial troubles mean if they can raise £10million through his sale, they can’t really say no.

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It’s a shame that this is the current state of affairs at Villa Park but they are almost powerless in preventing quality players like Chester leave the club this summer.