By Wayne Veysey

19th Aug, 2016 | 10:39am

Aston Villa identify £8m-rated prolific striker as alternative to Bamford - report

By Harry Sykes

Aston Villa are eying a move for Huddersfield Town striker Nahki Wells, according to a report.

The Telegraph claim that Wells and Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford are the two forwards identified by Roberto Di Matteo and his staff.

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.

The Birmingham Mail claimed on Thursday Di Matteo is still trying to persuade Bamford, 22, to make a loan switch to the Midlands side.

Xia responded on Thursday 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.

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Newcastle have also been linked with Wells and the Yorkshire Evening Post claim the 26-year-old would cost £8million.

Bermuda international Wells joined Huddersfield in 2013 from Bradford City, after he helped his former club reach the League Cup final that year.

At the Championship club, he has played 107 times in all competitions, scoring 40 times.

Newcastle have already added £10million signing Dwight Gayle to Rafael Benitez’s strike force and he also has Ayoze Perez and Aleksandar Mitrović vying for a first-team forward spot.

Midfielder Mile Jedinak became the sixth summer signing for Di Matteo, when he joined from Crystal Palace on Wednesday afternoon.

The club’s most expensive signing has been striker Ross McCormack who joined for a Championship-record fee of £12million from Championship rivals Fulham.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, former striker Andi Weimann gives his verdict on new-look Villa side.