By Harry Sykes

Aston Villa will not be signing one of striker trio Abel Hernandez, Patrick Bamford or Nakhi Wells, according to a reliable journalist.

The three forwards have all been strongly linked with the Championship club as they target an authentic spearhead in the final week of the transfer window.

But BBC Sport’s Midlands correspondent Pat Murphy claimed moves for Hull’s Hernandez, Chelsea’s Bamford and Huddersfield’s Wells “are all non-starters for various reasons”.

The experienced Murphy added that Villa will turn their sights elsewhere as the “search continues”, and also reported that midfielder Amadou Diawara will not be moving to the  Midlands club.

This comes after Villa owner Tony Xia claimed on Sunday that the club are working on deals for a “world-class striker” and a “new full-back” and hope to have them wrapped up by the end of the week.

The tantalising hint suggests that Villa fans can expect two new signings this week ahead of their Championship clash this weekend away to Bristol City.

The first of those was completed on Tuesday when the Championship club announced the signing of right-back Ritchie De Laet from Leicester.

 

The Belgium international, who has signed a three-year deal, will compete with a spot in the first team with Leandro Bacuna and Alan Hutton.

He becomes the seventh summer signing for Villa, who have already landed Tommy Elphick, Pierluigi Gollini, Aaron Tshibola, Ross McCormack, James Chester and Mile Jedinak in this window.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, Twitter-friendly chairman Xia has dismissed the possibility that his side will buy Wolfsburg targetman Bas Dost.