Former Boro forward reveals transfer saga that resulted in Leeds United move
Former Middlesbrough forward, Patrick Bamford, has revealed the circumstances behind his transfer to Leeds United in 2018.
When quizzed in a Q&A on Leeds United's Twitter page, Bamford who was reportedly a transfer target for Nottingham Forest during that period, has spoken in details about what led to a move to Elland Road.
According to the forward, he believed that he would remain at the Riverside Stadium despite knowledge of a bid from Nottingham Forest.
"I thought I was staying at Middlesbrough. I originally knew that Nottingham Forest had put a bid in, as Aitor Karanka was there and he used to manage me at Middlesbrough," he said.
However, the presence of Aitor Karanka at Forest made Boro place an unrealistic transfer fee on the 26-year-old forward. According to Bamford, Leeds ended up paying half of the transfer fee quoted by Boro to Nottingham Forest.
"Middlesbrough put a stupid figure on it and I think it was double what Leeds actually ended up paying, so there was clearly something going on there."
Bamford also praised former manager, Tony Pulis, on how he handled the entire transfer situation.
"He was really good about it, to be fair."
"A lot of people have bad stories about Tony Pulis, but I cannot speak highly enough about him, as he was honest, told me they had accepted a bid and thanked me for my time and everything."
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During the 2017/2018 campaign at Boro, Bamford scored 13 goals in 44 appearances in all competitions.