By Will Butcher
Leeds have been touted as a possible destination for Chelsea forward Patrick Bamford but face competition from three other clubs, according to reports.
The Daily Mail claim that Chelsea could take advantage of a clause that allows them to cancel the 23-year-old’s season-long loan to Burnley this week, which will alert former side Middlesbrough despite the signing of Aston Villa’s Rudy Gestede.
If Chelsea do decide to end his Turf Moor stay prematurely, then the Daily Telegraph have claimed that Leeds will join Boro as well as Hull and Brighton in potential destinations for the forward.
Bamford has failed to make a Premier League start at Turf Moor, with manager Sean Dyche opting to use forwards Sam Vokes, Andre Gray and Ashley Barnes instead.
Leeds are said to be looking for a new striker this month, with West Ham’s Ashley Fletcher reportedly happy to join the Yorkshire giants after falling out of favour at the London Stadium.
Bamford would guarantee goals in England’s second tier, with 25 strikes to his name in 61 Championship games during loan spells at Boro, Derby and Nottingham Forest.
But a potential Leeds move hinges on Chelsea’s decision, as they ponder terminating his current loan move to help him secure first-team football elsewhere.
Football Insider verdict:
Bamford would be an excellent signing for Leeds on loan, with his proven track record at Championship level more than likely to give Garry Monk’s side a boost in their pursuit of gaining Premier League promotion. However, the two-time England Under-21’s international is believed to be on wages worth £30,000 a week and that could price the former Champions League side out of a move for Bamford. With Hull and Middlesbrough both in the Premier League, they could be more willing to sanction a deal for the striker with their wage budget allowing more flexibility than owner Massimo Cellino can offer. However, after struggling to earn a place in Burnley’s side, Bamford may look to drop down to the Championship to earn regular playing time.
In other Leeds transfer news, Cellino has made an approach to sign this Italy international.