's cookie policy has been updated. Our website has been developed in a way to allow you to read all our articles even when cookies are disabled but third party cookies may be placed on your machine to track your use of our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive these cookies, alternatively, click "TELL ME MORE" for more information including opt-out instructions.

LATEST NEWS 11:37 Would Harry Kane Thrive Overseas? He is one of the hottest properties around in English football and rumours persist that he is high on Real ... 15:45 Mauricio Pochettino admits draw against Liverpool is a fair result Tottenham Hotspur head coach Mauricio Pochettino admits this afternoon's 1-1 draw against Liverpool was a ...

Arsene Wenger insists: Olivier Giroud is not just a substitute here at Arsenal Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes striker Olivier Giroud can still be an asset in his squad this season. The Frenchman has struggled to enjoy regular first team football at the... - Read article
Arsene Wenger admits Top Four finish is difficult for Arsenal Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says a Top Four finish will not be easy to achieve for his side despite a vital 2-1 win away at Middlesbrough. The Gunners are currently sixth in the... - Read article
Arsene Wenger explains when striker Lucas will be back in action Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says he has no new injury concerns after the mid-week draw at home against Paris Saint-Germain. Defender Hector Bellerin and midfielder Santi Cazorla are... - Read article

Chelsea Jersey
» Transfer Rumours

Roberto Di Matteo to convince Chelsea centre forward to join him at Villa Park


New Aston Villa boss Roberto Di Matteo wants Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford to join him at Villa Park, the Daily Mirror has revealed.

The 22-year-old spent this season on loan at Norwich City after more loan spells at Crystal Palace, Middlesbrough and Derby County.

He is yet to make his official debut for the Blues and is not part of Antonio Conte's plans for next season.

Speaking of the youngster two months ago, Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew said Bamford should be more patient instead of demanding "instant success".

"He probably could have handled that better," Pardew said in April.

"Me and Patrick spoke about it. He knows there were a couple of errors. But that happens with young players.

"He wants to be a success instantly. But sometimes you need patience. You can get injured, lose form or not get in the team.

"He's a young player who was Championship Player of the Year [the previous season with Middlesbrough], scoring a lot of goals. Then he found himself not in a team.

"I had absolutely no problem with him, he's a cracking lad. He will have a great career. Patrick has a great chance, he has natural finishing skills."

Featured in article
Patrick Bamford, Roberto Di Matteo