The Sun are reporting today that Newcastle will launch a bid for 21 year-old Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford who spent last season on loan at Middlesbrough, where he did very well and in 43 games he scored 19 goals
In the previous season from January of 2014 Patrick was on loan at Derby County and played for Steve McClaren, the Newcastle head coach and in 23 games he scored 8 goals.
Peter Bamford – 21 year-old Chelsea striker
In the first half of that same season he was on loan at MK Dons, and in 30 games he scored 17 goals, so in that season in various divisions he played 53 games and scored 25 goals.
Patrick’s had three good loan spells over the last two seasons, and the news in the Sun is that Newcastle will bid around £8M for Bamford, in an attempt to get him permanently to Newcastle this summer.
Aitor Karanka’s Middlesbrough only just missed out on promotion last season, and they are also keen to sign the youngster, but with Newcastle interested in taking him to the Premier League it lessens Boro’s chances of signing him.
£8M is a lot for a 21 year-old, but given today’s prices that may not be too high, although he’s unproven at the top level, and it would still be a risk for Newcastle.
Normally in these circumstances, clubs would tend to take the 21 year-old on a season long loan deal, with a chance of signing him at the end of the season – depending on how he does – and that lessens the risk.
But the Sun is reporting Newcastle will now try to sign the Grantham-born youngster permanently this summer.
In all his five loan spells he’s played 112 total games with 48 goals – so he looks like he could turn into a first class striker.
While Bamford says he wants to stay at Chelsea and fight for his place, Jose Mourinho may have other ideas, and Newcastle will test the waters with an £8M bid.
The news is that Newcastle will make every attempt this week to bring some players into the club before the players start returning in stages starting in nine days time.
Maybe Patrick Bamford will be on of them.
What do you think?