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Villa join race to sign Wells

Aston Villa are the latest English club reportedly interested in signing Nahki Wells.

Reports in the English media yesterday said that Villa, relegated from the Premier League last season, are taking a keen interest in Huddersfield Town's in-demand striker, who has attracted interest from a host of clubs including another relegated side, Newcastle United.

Both clubs are looking to boost their attacking options as they seek a quick return to the top flight.

Wells's first goal of the season came at Newcastle where Huddersfield won 2-1. He also hit the post after coming on as a second-half substitute in Huddersfield's draw at Villa Park in midweek, a result that moved David Wagner's side into a four-way tie for first place in the Sky Bet Championship.

Villa opened their season with a defeat, a win and a draw under Roberto Di Matteo, their new manager, who has been busy in the transfer market.

Since landing the job in June, Di Matteo has snapped up Pierluigi Gollini, James Chester, Tommy Elphick, Aaron Tshibola, Mile Jedinak and Ross McCormack, a recent £12 million signing from Fulham.

Villa are still hoping to bring in some new faces before the transfer deadline as they continue rebuilding their team. While Di Matteo has McCormack, Rudy Gestede and Jordan Ayew at his disposal, the Italian appears keen to add another striker, with The Daily Telegraph reporting that the 26-year-old Wells is a top target.

Gestede is an aerial threat, McCormack can drop deep and create while Wells would add a different dimension to the Villa attack with his blistering pace. However, Villa would have to spend big to get Huddersfield to part with their top striker, a player they wouldn't want to lose to a Championship rival.

Wells has become one of the league's most dangerous strikers since joining Huddersfield from local rivals Bradford City in January 2014, smashing 18 goals last season and 11 goals the season prior. Wells featured against Aston Villa as a second half substitute in midweek as Huddersfield drew 1-1.

Huddersfield host Barnsley today, while in League One, Rai Simons and his Chesterfield side are away to Shrewsbury. Chesterfield are second on goal difference, one of five teams on seven points from three matches. Carlisle United, featuring Bermudian Reggie Lambe, are away to winless Cambridge United in League Two. Lambe has scored twice already for his new club, who sit in ninth place in the standings with a win and two draws.

Transfer target: Wells is being linked to a host of Championship clubs

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Published August 20, 2016 at 9:00 am (Updated August 20, 2016 at 12:55 am)

Villa join race to sign Wells

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