By Amir Mir
Roberto Di Matteo is focusing on adding more attacking players to his squad, before the transfer window shuts on August 31.
The Italian is keen to add to his attacking line, with The Telegraph reporting that Huddersfield Town’s Nahki Wells and Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford are being targeted by the club.
Di Matteo has had to rely on teenager Andre Green to provide attacking options from the bench in recent games, and Adama Traore has now asked to leave the club.
Villa have scored five goals in four games in all competitions this season, but it is clear the Midlands side lack depth upfront with Di Matteo keen to solve that problem quickly.
“We are looking at attacking players,” said Di Matteo during his press conference before the Derby game. “We are little bit short up front if we want to change a game or play slightly different.”
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The club’s longest serving player Gabby Agbonlahor has been told he is not part of Di Matteo’s plans.
Attacking trio Ross McCormack, Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew have started all three Championship games this season, scoring three goals between them, with Ayew yet to get off the mark.
McCormack, who was a Championship record £12million signing from Fulham this summer, netted his first goal for the club against Huddersfield on Tuesday night. Gestede scored twice in the 3-0 league win over Rotherham.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, Rangers manager Mark Warburton has targeted this ex-Villa flop after Lescott rejects transfer.