Burnley hoping to strike deal for Aston Villa defender
As many as four Premier League clubs are interested in signing Aston Villa defender James Chester, according to the Birmingham Mail.
Burnley and Brighton and Hove Albion are believed to be two of the teams hoping to offer Chester a top flight lifeline. The Wales international has played in the Premier League before with Hull City and West Brom.
The 29-year-old impressed for Villa in the Championship last season and helped them get to the Play-Off final. However, after their 1-0 defeat to Fulham which meant they missed out on promotion, Villa could be forced to offload some key players to balance their books.
James Chester is one who could leave Villa Park this summer amid Premier League interest in him. Burnley are keen to bring him to Turf Moor. Their manager, Sean Dyche, is a big fan of Chester and is looking to bolster his squad ahead of their upcoming top flight and Europa League campaigns.
Chester started his career at Manchester United but never broke into the first-team at Old Trafford. He had loan spells at Peterborough United, Plymouth Argyle and Carlisle United before he was snapped up by Hull in 2010 for around £300,000.
He helped the Tigers gain promotion in 2013 and scored for them in the FA Cup final in 2014 against Arsenal. Chester then moved to West Brom in 2015 for £8 million but spent just a season with the Baggies before moving to their Midlands rivals Aston Villa.