By Harry Sykes

Celtic have made an approach for Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford, according to a report.

The Mail claim the 22-year-old is on the forward shortlist of the Scottish giants as they prepare to defend their Premiership title.

It is said Celtic are among several clubs to have asked about a loan deal for Bamford, with Fulham, Wolves, QPR and Aston Villa also keen to take the forward on a season-long loan.

Bamford, who has two years remaining on the Chelsea contract he signed last year, is rated highly by his club but is behind senior strikers Diego Costa and Michy Batshuayi in the Stamford Bridge pecking order as well as emerging star Bertrand Traore.

He has yet to make his senior bow for the west Londoners and endured a frustrating 2015-16 season in which he barely figured during loan spells at Crystal Palace and Norwich.

Nevertheless, Bamford, who was also targeted by Newcastle 12 months ago, has a fine track record in the Championship and showed that he can score goals in the division.

The England Under-21 international scored 19 goals in 44 matches for Middlesbrough in 2014-15 and eight goals in 23 appearances for Derby on loan.

In another loan spell for MK Dons in League One, he was even more prolific, striking 21 times in 41 games.

In other Celtic transfer news, the club have completed a second defender deal in 24 hours.