The Hull Daily Mail is reporting that any club who want to buy Hull’s City center-back James Chester will have to cough up around £8 million for him this summer.
That’s £2M less than manager Steve Bruce was asking for only a couple of months ago so maybe that’s a positive for clubs like Newcastle who may be interested in signing him.
James Chester – could be a Newcastle target
Newcastle need one more center-back brought in after we sign Chancel Mbemba for £8.5M from Anderlecht today – and maybe Chester is one of the players Steve McClaren has said we are looking closely at but have not really been covered in the press.
Newcastle have been linked off and on with James over the last couple of months, but not heavily.
The 26 year-old Hull center-back is a solid player, and certainly Newcastle need strengthening in central defense after we have conceded a whopping 190 goals in the last three seasons in the Premier League.
But since Mbemba is only 6ft tall and Chester is 5ft 11ins, we may need to have the second center-back be a lot taller.
With Mbemba signed, that may be a negative against James, because you have some strikers these days who are 6ft 7ins tall like Newcastle target Bas Dost of Wolfsburg.
Maybe we need somebody like Joel Matip of Schalke who is 6ft 4 ins tall, or former top target Douglas of Dynamo Moscow, who is the same height.
James has been at Hull since 2010 and he was brought through the Manchester United Academy and cost Hull £300K.
Chester committed himself to the Welsh national team in May of last year, and he qualifies through his mother, who was born in Rhyl in north Wales.
James made his international debut in the starting line-up for the friendly game against Holland in June of last year, and now has 6 full caps.
He has played 172 times for Hull with 8 goals, so he’s quite experienced and has played the last two seasons in the Premier League, where he has looked good.