By Amir Mir
Aston Villa manger Roberto Di Matteo is not interested in bringing Ross McCormack or Patrick Bamford to the club, according to a report.
Pat Murphy a reliable Midlands journalist has reported on Twitter that the duo are not on the radar of the Villa Park club despite new owner Tony Xia previously stating that a striker is the clubs priority.
Understand Patrick Bamford is NOT on @AVFCOfficial radar,nor Ross McCormack. Irons are in other fires. Still month before k/off.
— Pat Murphy (@patmurphybbc) July 8, 2016
Fulham striker McCormack netted 21 goals in the recently concluded Championship season, but his future at Craven Cottage has been uncertain with Villa reportedly one of a number of clubs interested in his signature.
Chelsea’s 22-year-old frontman Bamford struggled on loan at Crystal Palace and Norwich last term, but he was named Championship player of they year for Middlesbrough in the 2014-15 season.
The express and star are reporting that the youngster is linked with a loan move to Villa Park, but that move now seems off the agenda.
But, it seems Di Matteo will look elsewhere as the club specifically plan to add a striker to their Championship plans after relegation last term.
Under Tim Sherwood, Remi Garde and later Eric Black, the Midlands outfit only managed 27 goals as they were relegated into the second tier of English football for the first time in nearly three decades.
The club’s top scorer last term with seven goals was Jordan Ayew, but he has recently hinted that he wants a move away from Villa Park.
Turkish giants Fenerbache are those most interested but Villa are willing to accept a £9 million offer for their star, despite a reluctance to sell him as reported by Football Insider.
In other Aston Villa news, the Midlands club have finalised a deal to bring an ex-Manchester United keeper to Villa Park.