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:


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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5 Replies to “‘Must not be sold’ ‘We’d Struggle’ – These Villa Fans Are Urging The Club To Turn Their Backs On £10m Bid”

  • To meet ffp we have to sell. Valued players will go. Until March 2019 we will be extremely limited. Will be about loans and youngsters. Hence why Bruce still in a job. Vtid x

  • Selling Chester wont put much of a dent in the FFP debt though due to the fee we paid for him. He doesnt really want to go there either so makes more sense to keep hold. Jack is the one that we will need to move on unfortunately, but would probably help his own career to do so too

  • Why aren’t Villa drawing up a transfer list, with these names on make it public and tell other clubs we’ll listen to offers.
    McCormack, Richards, Gardner, Tishbola , De Leat ??

    • All write offs as no one will match wages. Kodja, hourihane, adomah, Chester grealish have value they will probs go.

  • If the news of late is true that we could get £4 million sell on from Ts move from borough to wolves, with another possible 3 million from Gills move, also the odd fee from the sale of Yednik, Jack, a couple of others, that more than gets us over the £30 million mark.
    We wouldn’t need to sell Chester. Sponsorship on a stand also , clear the FFP easily .

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