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West Brom should be aiming to partner James Chester with Kyle Bartley

West Brom should be aiming to partner James Chester with Kyle Bartley

According to the Daily Mail, Stoke are in ongoing negotiations with Aston Villa over the future of James Chester.

Chester joined the Villans in 2016, after a brief spell with West Brom. The Wales international has impressed at Villa Park since his move, but financial troubles at the club may force them into a sale this summer.

The Breakdown

Things didn’t really work out between Chester and the Baggies the first time around, but Chester has developed as a player significantly since then and Darren Moore’s side are now a Championship, rather than Premier League, team.

In spite of obvious interest from fellow relegation sufferers Stoke, West Brom should make a move to bring the 29-year-old back to the Hawthorns.

Following the departure of several key players this summer, and with yet more being linked with moves away, Darren Moore’s squad has been left perilously thin. 

Even with the recent acquisition of Kyle Bartley, West Brom need more players of first team quality available to their defence.

Taking advantage of Villa’s unfortunate financial crisis to bring Chester in this summer would be a smart bit of business. Since leaving the club the first time, Chester has grown into the vocal, organising, defensive leader that the Baggies now lack following the exit of Jonny Evans.

Transfermarkt value the centre-back at £7.2 million, which would be a great price for Chester if that’s what West Brom could get him for.

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