Chelsea is considering a move for Aston Villa’s Leon Bailey as they look to beef up their forward line, reports say.

The winger, who is close friends with Blues star Raheem Sterling, has enjoyed an improved season and is now thriving in the Premier League.

Despite Villa’s struggles this season, Bailey has emerged as a talent after a difficult first year at the club.

After his $25 million pound sterling move from Bayer Leverkusen, the Reggae Boy struggled to adapt to the league, notching up only a goal and two assists last season.

But he’s already surpassed those numbers this season with three strikes and two assists, including a dramatic equaliser against Manchester City in September.

His improvement has got the Chelsea hierarchy interested in him.

They will hope that Bailey can combine with his good friend Sterling to make Chelsea a more dangerous side going forward.

The Aston Villa man has long been a target and was on Chelsea’s radar even when he was at Genk and Bayer Leverkusen.