Stoke City have not given up hope of bringing Aston Villa’s James Chester to the club, despite their rivals reluctance to sell.
The Potters were chasing the Welsh international earlier in the summer when a deal seemed likely given Villa’s financial woes.
However, those have eased significantly now following the arrival of billionaire pair Nassef Sawiris and Wes Edens as majority owners.
And, they’ve outlined their intentions to keep hold of the key men at Villa Park, whilst recent reports suggest that the player wants to stay at the club too.
Yet, that hasn’t put off Gary Rowett, with Sun journalist Alan Nixon suggesting he is considering offering a player as part of the deal to persuade Villa to sell.
Nixon reckons two players could be included along with cash and mentioned Charlie Adam as one man who could be involved in the deal.
The former Rangers man is way down the pecking order at the bet365 Stadium and had a very disappointing campaign for the side as they were relegated last season.
You can’t see Villa accepting a deal for Chester unless it’s ridiculous money, and they probably won’t be interested in Adam.
Villa already have experienced midfielders in their squad and the 32-year old has not been at his best in recent years.
Fans will be worried that Stoke have refused to give up for Chester but it seems extremely unlikely that he will leave.
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