By Amir Mir
Aston Villa are poised to complete the signing of Mile Jedinak from Crystal Palace in the next 48 hours, according to a reliable journalist.
The Telegraph Midlands reporter John Percy has claimed on his personal Twitter account that the Palace midfielder is in line to make a move from the Premier League to the Championship club.
Transfer expert Percy also states that Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford could join Villa on loan.
Villa owner Tony Xia and manager Roberto Di Matteo have publicly spoken about strengthening the squad after a poor start to their season.
Australian Jedinak, 32 dropped a hint he is on his way to Villa Park when he threw his Crystal Palace shirt to supporters after their 1-0 Premier League defeat to West Brom.
The combative midfielder played 90 minutes for Palace and is now set a move to the Midlands after their 3-0 victory over Rotherham on Saturday afternoon.
Villa striker Rudy Gestede scored two goals to help Villa to their first competitive victory since February.
Bamford, who has two years remaining on the Chelsea contract he signed last year, is rated highly by his club but is behind senior strikers Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi in the Stamford Bridge pecking order.
He has yet to make his senior bow for the west Londoners and endured a frustrating 2015-16 season in which he barely figured during loan spells at Crystal Palace and Norwich.
Nevertheless, Bamford, who was also targeted by Newcastle 12 months ago, has a fine track record in the Championship and showed that he can score goals in the division.
The England Under-21 international scored 19 goals in 44 matches for Middlesbrough in 2014-15 and eight goals in 23 appearances for Derby on loan.
In another loan spell for MK Dons in League One, he was even more prolific, striking 21 times in 41 games.
Villa already have four senior front men in Gestede, Jordan Ayew, Gabby Agbonlahor and the club’s £12 million summer signing Ross McCormack.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club have been given fresh hope in their pursuit of this £14.5 million midfielder.