Leeds United are reportedly plotting a £7.5 million move for Aston Villa defedner James Chester.
That’s according to the Daily Star, cited by the Birmingham Mail, who claim that Marcelo Bielsa wants to make a move for the 30-year-old after the Whites sold Pontus Jansson to Brentford.
Chester made 28 appearances last season, with the centre-back missing three months of action with a knee problem.
Dean Smith has already brought in defensive reinforcements with Tyrone Mings, Kortney Hause, Bjorn Engels and Ezri Konsa all joining on permanent deals, so regular game time for Chester may be hard to come by next season.
Villa have been keen on a Leeds star for the majority of the summer, however, a move for Kalvin Phillips has yet to materialise, with the Yorkshire side demanding £30 million his services.
It will be interesting to see whether or not Villa would be keen on selling the Wales international to the Whites, however, a £7.5 million bid may tempt them into selling.
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Despite joining the club from Gent earlier this year, Kalinic looks set to leave Villa Park ahead of the new season, with Dean Smith keen on bringing in another shot-stopper to rival Jed Steer.
Bree is currently away with the club on their pre-season tour, however, should a suitable offer come in, Villa would more than likely sell.
Lansbury scored in Vila’s pre-season win over Minnesota on Wednesday, however, the midfielder could be moved on either on loan or permanently ahead of the new campaign.
Hogan, who also scored on Wednesday, spent the second half of last season on loan with Sheffield United and could complete a permanent move away with numerous Championship sides interested in the Irishman.
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