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Defending Help On The Way?

Veteran defender linked to Villa

Wales v Northern Ireland - Round of 16: UEFA Euro 2016 Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images

Roberto Di Matteo — and everyone who has watched Aston Villa start the season — knows that help is still needed in the squad. It looks like a veteran defender could be on the way. According to the Birmingham Mail, West Bromwich Albion have accepted a bid for centre back James Chester. Personal terms still have to be agreed upon, and a medical will also be required.

Purchased in the summer of 2015 for £8 million, Chester found himself unable to break into the first team last year (starting only nine league matches, plus four appearances as a substitute). Over the summer, he started in all six matches of Wales’ impressive run through the Euros. The Mail reports that the prospect of playing regularly will be a significant factor should Chester join up.

The last defender to make the jump from West Brom was Joleon Lescott. And it appears that Villa can’t find anyone to take him, let alone pay a fee. So James Chester has to work out better... right? Here’s hoping.

No word on Chester’s taste in sports cars -- Twitter is being monitored though.