With Crystal Palace supposedly keen on making a move for Hull City defender James Chester, the Tigers have decided to slap an £8 million price tag on his shoulders.
Following relegation, Steve Bruce has already lost the services of Paul McShane and Liam Rosenior, leaving him desperate to keep hold of Chester for their upcoming campaign in the Championship, as they attempt to bounce back at the first attempt.
Palace are known to be in the market for a new central defender to act as the long-term partner to Scott Dann, with both Damien Delaney and Brede Hangeland now on the wrong side of 30, with Chester viewed as the ideal candidate.
Whether of not they realised that they would have to stump up £8 million for the defender’s services remains unknown, but if he is indeed Alan Pardew’s top defensive target, we could well see the board sanctioning a move in the coming weeks, given the obvious desire within the club to press on towards the top eight.
Chester himself is likely to be open to the switch, with a chance to play in the Premier League so soon after facing relegation bound to be of interest to him, but until now, it seems as though the former Manchester United man has done his best to remain loyal to his current employers despite speculation over his future.
Would you be happy to pay £8 million for James, or are there better options available to us for the same or less?