By Amir Mir
Aston Villa have been given a boost in their bid to sign Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford on loan, according to a report.
The Birmingham Mail claim that Roberto Di Matteo is still trying to persuade the 22-year-old to make a switch to Villa Park.
It is said that Bamford is keen on a switch to the second-tier side if no top-flight club comes in for him.
Bamford, who speaks both French and Spanish, is also keen on a move abroad as his representatives look for the most suitable option for their client.
However, the Midlands outfit face competition from Premier League new boys Burnley, who are understood to be monitoring the players situation.
Villa have already added a striker to their ranks this summer with Ross McCormack making a £12 million switch from Championship rivals Fulham.
It said former Chelsea duo Di Matteo and his assistant Steve Clarke are huge admires of the England Under-21 international, as they seek to add more firepower to the Villa squad.
Bamford scored 19 goals in 44 matches for Middlesbrough in 2014-15 Championship season and eight goals in 23 appearances for Derby on loan the following campaign.
However, the youngster who has two-years remaining on his Chelsea contract is yet to make his senior bow for the west Londoners’, as he is behind senior duo Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi in the Stamford Bridge pecking order.
Bamford is still highly-rated by his parent club, as the forward endured a difficult 2015-16 season, where he failed to score in two loan spells at Crystal Palace and Norwich.
The Midlands side have scored four goals in three Championship games this season, with target-man Rudy Gestede and his strike partner McCormack scoring three of those goals.
In other Aston Villa transfer news, the club’s £50,000 a-week player will give his answer on his future in the next 48 hours.