Report: Roberto Di Matteo has enquired about Patrick Bamford, Aston Villa waiting for player's answer

Norwich City's Patrick Bamford

Villa are keen on bringing the Chelsea striker to Villa Park on loan but are waiting to hear if a deal is possible.

Norwich City's Patrick Bamford

Aston Villa are looking for new additions in all areas of the pitch this summer, and a key striker target is Chelsea's Patrick Bamford, with the Birmingham Mail reporting that Roberto Di Matteo has told his former club that he wants to bring in the forward.

Villa have already boosted their defence with the signing of Bournemouth captain Tommy Elphick, but are keen to add more firepower to their frontline after their struggles for goals last term.

Jordan Ayew's seven goals was the largest tally by any single player for the relegated side last season, with £6 million centre-forward signing Rudy Gestede netting just five times in the league.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo during the press conference

Though Gestede has undoubted Championship pedigree after scoring 33 goals in 66 league games for previous club Blackburn Rovers, Di Matteo is keen to add at least one more forward to his frontline.

 

The Birmingham Mail reports that the former Chelsea midfielder and manager has already told his former club that he wants to bring in Bamford on loan, and the Blues are thought to be willing to ship out the 22-year-old on a temporary basis yet again.

So far in his short career, Bamford has spent time with MK Dons, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace, and Norwich City.

Swansea's Neil Taylor and Norwich's Patrick Bamford

The former Nottingham Forest man failed to find the net even once in a total of 15 appearances for Palace and Norwich last term, but Villa believe he can replicate the excellent scoring form he showed in the Championship with Middlesbrough two years ago, when he scored 17 in 38 games.

However, there are thought to be several clubs interested in Bamford, and the player is yet to make a decision on where he sees himself playing this season, so Villa are likely to face an anxious wait before they know if they will get their man.

Meanwhile, Villa are reportedly "one step away" from completing the signing of Pierluigi Gollini, with the Italian goalkeeper himself confirming the imminent deal, and have also allegedly had a £5 million offer accepted for Reading midfielder Aaron Tshibola.

Middlesbrough's Patrick Bamford and Cardiff City's Ben Turner in action

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