According to the Daily Mail, Steve Bruce’s imminent exit from Villa Park could be the deciding factor in James Chester’s own departure from the club.
According to the report, Thierry Henry’s agreement to take up the hot seat at Aston Villa could have an impact on current transfer dealings involving the club’s players.
Stoke are cited to have an interest in signing Chester, but the uncertainty surrounding the future at Villa Park could slow any progressing negotiations down.
With the 29-year-old centre-back’s situation now up in the air, an opportunity for other clubs to pounce for his signature may have presented itself. West Brom ought to take advantage of this confusion to make a move for the Wales international.
Since Chester left the Hawthorns in the summer of 2016 – after only a single season with the Baggies, in which he was on the fringes of the first team – he has developed significantly as a defender.
Playing alongside John Terry in the heart of the Villa back line last time out saw Chester’s leadership and authority come to the fore. He is now the kind of calm and collected organiser that Darren Moore’s depleted squad is in dire need of.
Moore is in the process of conducting a major squad overhaul during this transfer window, and the rebuild of his defensive unit requires the recruitment of a new rock to anchor the heart of his back line.
Given the exodus of playing staff that the recently relegated club have endured this summer, this chance to hijack a move to bring in a player of Chester’s experience and quality can’t be missed.