Patrick Bamford close to permanent switch from Chelsea
Boro are close to completing the signing of Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford according to various sources.
Bamford had a successful loan spell at Boro in the 2014/15 season, picking up Championship Player of the Year in the Football League Awards and netting 19 goals.
However, the striker has been in search of regular football ever since leaving the club in June 2015. Since that time, Bamford has had unsuccessful loan spells with Crystal Palace, Norwich City, and most recently Burnley.
Bamford completed a full pre season with Crystal Palace and was an unused substitute against Norwich City in the opening game of the 2015/16 Premier League season. However, opportunities soon dried up for Bamford and in December he decided to terminate his loan spell with Palace and return to parent club Chelsea.
The following month, Bamford secured a loan move to Norwich which lasted until the end of the season. As with Palace, his spell on loan saw limited chances in the first team and he only managed to make 7 appearances.
Ahead of the 2016/17 season, Bamford secured a season long loan to recently promoted Burnley. However, this week has seen his loan spell cut short after Chelsea recalled him due to Middlesbrough FC looking to secure his services on a permanent basis.
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With a reported fee of £4 million raising to £10 million, Bamford is expected to complete a move to Boro in the next week.