Date: 26th July 2018 at 5:30pm
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Stoke manager Gary Rowett has confirmed to the BBC that they have indeed made another bid for James Chester.

The offer is said to be worth “up to £10m” but the Potter boss thinks that the club’s new investors could complicate any transfer for our no.5.

Most fans on Twitter think we should now reject any bids for the 29-year-old between now and the end of the transfer window:

Verdict:

We do still have to bear in mind that we need to make up £30m to £40m to stay within Financial Fair Play regulations, but there are other areas of the squad where sales could be made.

Steve Bruce is very light on centre-backs after the departures of John Terry and Chris Samba this summer. Mile Jedinak can help out at the back, but that still only leaves us with three recognised centre-halves in Chester, Tommy Elphick and Micah Richards.

With the latter unlikely to get any game time, we are stretched pretty thin, and we would have to sign a replacement for the Welshman if he were to be sold anyway.

After NSWE’s takeover, is there any need to sell Chester? Let me know in the poll:

 
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