Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford is close to completing a permanent move to Middlesbrough.
Guardian are reporting that Boro have already agreed a fee with Chelsea and the player is set to undergo a medical now. Middlesbrough are will pay £5m up front for the 23-year-old striker. Additional bonuses could see the fee rise to around £10m in future.
Bamford recently returned from his loan spell at Burnley after failing to establish himself as a starter there. The report claims that the Chelsea striker is not a part of Antonio Conte’s future plans and therefore the Blues decided to recall him once they were alerted to Middlesbrough’s desire of signing him permanently.
The Chelsea striker was on loan at Riverside during the 2014/15 campaign and ended up being their top scorer in the Championship. Bamford scored 19 times that season and since then Aitor Karanka has always admired the player.
The 23-year-old forward will now look to kick-start his career under the Spanish manager. Bamford was regarded as one of the most talented players to emerge from Chelsea’s academy in the last few years. However, the lack of opportunities at Stamford Bridge has stunted his development.
Guardian add that Bamford will sign a four-and-a-half-year contract with Middlesbrough.
Karanka has already sanctioned the sale of Nugent to make space for Bamford. Jordan Rhodes is expected to depart this month as well.