Baggies stopper makes Villa move

Aston Villa have announced the signing of defender James Chester from West Brom for an undisclosed fee.

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The defender has penned a four-year deal at Villa Park after just one season at The Hawthorns.

Villa are rebuilding following their relegation from the Premier League but have lost their opening two games this season.

Wales defender Chester fills the gap left by Ciaran Clark, who joined Newcastle for £5million, with Joleon Lescott unlikely to have a future under Roberto Di Matteo.

Chester, meanwhile, has struggled for first-team opportunities at The Hawthorns since joining from Hull for £8million last summer, often played out of position and would again be behind Jonas Olsson, Jonny Evans and Gareth McAuley.

Di Matteo confirmed Villa were closing in on the 27-year-old and the Italian has now made him his fifth signing of the summer.

Chester impressed during Wales’ march to the Euro 2016 semi-finals in the summer and made the most challenges and interceptions of any players in the tournament with 36.

Baggies boss Tony Pulis said: “It’s a good deal for the Club and a good deal for James.

“He had a fantastic time at the Euros and he obviously wanted to play first team football on a regular basis. We had a man-to-man chat about things and this deal suits everyone.

“We wish him well. James is a fantastic lad and a super professional.”

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