By Will Butcher
Aston Villa have revived their interest in £23million-rated attacking duo Ross McCormack and Patrick Bamford, according to a report.
Former Leeds fan favourite McCormack has been linked with a move away from Craven Cottage after the London side finished 20th in the Championship last season, while Bamford could be set to exit Chelsea.
Midlands reporter Pat Murphy revealed on his Twitter account on Tuesday morning that Villa’s revived interest in the pair comes after the club failed to lure any other attacking targets this summer.
Appears @AVFCOfficial have revived interest in Ross McCormack & Patrick Bamford after drawing blanks elsewhere.Purely exploratory thus far.
— Pat Murphy (@patmurphybbc) August 2, 2016
The Evening Chronicle reported that Chelsea value their prolific goal-getter Bamford at around £10million, with Newcastle and Celtic also said to be keen on the England under-21 international.
McCormack, who has 13 Scotland caps to his name, has been linked with a £13million move to Championship rivals Norwich by the Mirror.
However, Villains manager Roberto Di Matteo could look to steal McCormack from Norwich’s clutches as he aims to give his side some bite up-front.
The Midlands club have openly spoken about adding a striker to their ranks after relegation last term which saw them find the net on only 27 occasions.
Doubts over the future of Jordan Ayew has also led to Di Matteo taking action, and both Bamford and McCormack seem to be at the top of his striker wishlist.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, this 26-year-old is set to undergo a medical after agreeing a move.