Report: Aston Villa turn down Brighton bid for James Chester

Muhamed Besic of Middlesbrough is challenged by James Chester of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final First Leg match between Middlesbrough and Aston Villa at...

Aston Villa defender James Chester is reportedly wanted by Brighton and Hove Albion in the summer transfer window.

Patrick Bamford of Middlesbrough is challenged by James Chester of Aston Villa during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final:Second Leg match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at...

Aston Villa have turned down a bid from Brighton and Hove Albion for James Chester, according to The Telegraph.

It has been reported that a number of clubs in the Premier League are ready to offer £8m for the former Manchester United prospect.

The report has claimed that technical director Steve Round has rejected a serious inquiry from Premier League side Brighton for the centre-back.

James Chester of Aston Villa controls the ball as Jonny Howson of Middlesbrough chases during the Sky Bet Championship Play Off Semi Final second leg match between Aston Villa and...

Exit inevitable?

Chester was one of the best players for Villa in the Championship this past season, and (reported) interest in the 29-year-old centre-back does not come as a surprise.

The 29-year-old is a very experienced footballer who is a no-nonsense defender, and he would be a smart signing for any club in the Premier League.

Fulham's Serbian striker Aleksandar Mitrovic (L) vies with Aston Villa's Welsh defender James Chester during the English Championship play-off final football match between Aston Villa and...

With Villa having failed to win promotion from the Championship, the Villans are likely to lose Chester in the summer transfer window.

Chester has been on the books of Villa since the summer of 2016 when he joined from Wes Bromwich Albion for a transfer fee reported by The Daily Mail to be worth £9 million.

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