By Tom Blackburn

Roberto Di Matteo is hoping to sign two strikers as the club aim for an instant return to the Premier League, according to a report.

The Italian boss feels Aston Villa are short of firepower up top, and has a number of targets in the pipeline.

The Birmingham Mail claims that Patrick Bamford is the primary target on loan from Chelsea and Villa have made an approach but they are yet to be told the Premier League club’s intentions about the player.

Bamford has struggled to have any impression on the Chelsea first team and has been loaned out a series of times over the past few years.

The former England Under-21 international failed to score a single goal in the Premier League in the 2015-16 season during loan spells at Crystal Palace and Norwich.

But Villa’s management team are confident he can reproduce the form that made him a huge hit at Middlesbrough, Derby and MK Dons.

Other targets for Villa include Fulham’s Ross McCormack and West Brom’s Rickie Lambert.

Aston Villa and boss Di Matteo are expected to have a big overhaul of players this summer, with the Italian hoping to form a tight knit group as they bid for an instant return to the Premier League.

They were relegated in disastrous conditions, eventually finishing 17 points of safety at the bottom of the top-flight.

In other Aston Villa, they have settled terms on a £4million deal with the move to be finalised within 24 hours.