Michy Batshuayi is reluctant to swap Chelsea for Aston Villa during the January transfer window.
Dean Smith’s side are looking to retain their Premier League status but have been dealt a blow in the form of Wesley’s injury.
The forward is set to miss the rest of the season leaving Villa lacking a goalscorer and have highlighted Batshuayi as a replacement.
But the Belgian does not want to swap the Blues for a side involved in a relegation scrap and will need some convincing reports the Athletic .
Contact has been made over a short-term loan for Batshuayi, who has been farmed out by Chelsea on several occasions since he signed in 2016.
Villa are one-point clear of the bottom three having won on the road for only the second time at Burnley on New Year’s Day.
Wesley has scored five times in the Premier League – only Jack Grealish has more with six. Jonathan Kodija is Smith’s back up striker at Villa Park leaving him to assess his options.
Michy Batshuayi is not looking to leave Chelsea for Aston Villa
It is understood that Frank Lampard is unwilling to let either Batshuayi or Olivier Giroud leave Stamford Bridge without having a replacement arrive.
Tammy Abraham, who spent last season on loan at Villa, is the Blues’ leading marksman but has a lack of cover behind him.
Batshuayi would be Lampard’s next options were Chelsea’s leading scorer to get injured having come up with several big goals during his career, most recently at Ajax in the Champions League.
The west London side are eyeing Lyon’s Moussa Dembele this month as they look to bolster their options in attack.
Should the Frenchman arrive the Chelsea boss would be willing to let either Batshuayi or Giroud leave Stamford Bridge.