Stoke City are ready to return with a second offer for James Chester, The Daily Mail reports.
Aston Villa defender Chester was the subject of a £5m offer from Stoke but Steve Bruce’s side rejected that as they are desperate to keep him despite their current financial woes.
Financial Fair Play requires Aston Villa to raise about £45m from player sales to comply with their regulations and Chester is one of their most valuable assets.
Although they want to keep the Wales international, they are prepared to sell him if a club matches their £10m valuation.
However, Stoke are readying a bid worth £8m as they look to complete a cut-price deal for the 29-year-old.
Chester has established himself as one of the best centre-backs in the Championship over the past couple of years, playing nearly 100 games for Aston Villa in total.
The former Manchester United, Hull City and West Bromwich Albion defender could now be set for a switch to recently relegated Stoke if Aston Villa accept the £8m offer.
Chester is such a vital cog in Aston Villa’s team and losing him would leave a major void.
Without John Terry and Chester at the back, as well as losing Sam Johnstone in goal, you can see Aston Villa conceding a lot more goals.
But they need to sell and Stoke would be getting a good deal out of this. Chester is the perfect partner for Ryan Shawcross at the back to provide the foundation for a promotion push.
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