Aston Villa continue to be linked with names ahead of the summer transfer window as Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford is being linked with a loan move to Villa Park next season, according to the Daily Mail.
Bamford is currently on loan with Championship club Middlesbrough, where he has impressed this season, picking up the Championship Player of the Year award after netting an impressive 19 goals in all competitions.
The 21-year-old forward is unlikely to break into the Chelsea first-team next season and Jose Mourinho is thought to be willing to let him continue his development with a loan move to a Premier League club.
Everton, Southampton and Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for Bamford, but Aston Villa have now joined the race and Tim Sherwood’s influence could persuade the Chelsea youngster to make the move to the Midlands.
Sherwood has proven to be one of the best coaches in the country when it comes to getting the best out of his players, especially youngsters, and that could appeal to Bamford.
The Villains are fighting for their Premier League survival and also have an FA Cup final to look forward to against Arsenal at Wembley, but that has not halted any talk of possible summer arrivals.
Wolves winger Bakary Sako is reportedly set to join the club when his contract comes to an end in June, while Massimo Luongo is another reported target of Sherwood’s.
Bamford has netted 19 times with eight assists in 43 appearances for Boro this season and looks ready for a chance to prove himself in the top flight.
Villa may need a striker if Christian Benteke is to leave this summer. Wolfsburg and Liverpool are the latest teams to be linked with the powerful Belgian, while Spurs and Manchester United have also been rumoured as possible destinations for the in-form frontman.
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