By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa target Patrick Bamford is joining Burnley on a season-long loan, according to a report.
The Guardian claim that the Chelsea striker will snub a move to the Championship to join Sean Dyche’s side and will compete for a place up front alongside Andre Gray and Sam Vokes.
The striker endured a frustrating 12 months with Crystal Palace and Norwich last season during which he made only two Premier League starts.
But it is said that the 22-year-old is keen to have another crack at the Premier League and hopes to be given more opportunities under Dyche to prove that he can play at the highest level.
It is blow to Villa, as the Birmingham Mail claimed last Thursday manager Roberto Di Matteo was still trying to persuade Bamford to make a loan switch to the Midlands side.
The Villa hierarchy have made it clear that they are in the market for a new striker before the 31 August transfer window cut-off.
Owner Tony Xia responded on Twitter to a supporter querying about the club’s pursuit of an authentic striker and the Chinese businessman suggested that the club are trying to push one final deal over the line.
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 even though he endured a difficult 2015-16 season in which he failed to score in two loan spells at Palace and Norwich.
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