Report: Stoke to offer Aston Villa chance to sign Charlie Adam

Charlie Adam of Stoke City shoots during the Premier League match between Watford and Stoke City at Vicarage Road on October 28, 2017 in Watford, England.

Stoke City are reportedly hoping that they will be able to convince Aston Villa to sign Charlie Adam as the Potters chase James Chester.

Charlie Adam of Stoke City during the Premier League match between Watford and Stoke City at Vicarage Road on October 28, 2017 in Watford, England.

According to a report from The Sun on Sunday (29/07; page 63), Stoke are hoping that they will be able to convince Aston Villa to sign Charlie Adam this summer as they continue to try and lure James Chester away from the Villans.

It has been a turbulent summer for Villa following their play-off final defeat. Fortunately, some of the uncertainty appears to have been quashed with new majority shareholders coming into the club.

The Express and Star reported earlier this week that James Chester is now hoping to stay partially due to the club's decision to keep Steve Bruce as their manager. The report added however, that the Wales international could still end up being sold at some stage amid talk of a £10 million bid from Stoke.

And it appears that the Potters are not giving up in the hunt for the 29-year-old defender. The Sun on Sunday (29/07; page 63) reports that Gary Rowett is keen to get rid of Adam during this window, and thus, they are hoping that they may be able to tempt Villa to sign the midfielder as part of the deal that sees Chester head in the opposite direction.

Villa player James Chester in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Middlesbrough at Villa Park on September 12, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Should Villa accept Stoke's offer?

Chester is a hugely important player for Villa, especially now that John Terry's contract has expired and he has left the club. Losing both first-choice centre-backs during the same window would be a huge blow, especially given the leadership that both men provide.

Aston Villa manager Steve Bruce reacts during the Pre-season friendly between AFC Telford United and Aston Villa at New Bucks Head Stadium on July 14, 2018 in Telford, England.

Adam - who cost Stoke £4 million, according to BBC Sport - could be a superb signing for any Championship side. He may have struggled for game-time at Stoke lately and may now be edging towards the twilight of his career, but he would improve most sides in the second tier.

Nevertheless, Chester seems too important to Villa right now, both as a defender and leader, so the club's majority shareholders should surely remain just as determined to hold onto the Welshman as Adam gets added to equation. 

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