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PHOTO: Patrick Bamford completes Middlesbrough transfer



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Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford has completed his permanent transfer to Middlesbrough now.

The Premier League leaders agreed on a £8.5m fee with Boro for their 23-year-old striker. The move has been officially confirmed by Middlesbrough now. The Blues have confirmed the deal as well.

Bamford returns to the Teesside after two years. The English forward was on loan at Middlesbrough two seasons ago and managed to score 19 goals for them back then.

Karanka has been an admirer of the player for some time now and wanted to bring the player back to Boro. Bamford helped Middlesbrough make it to the play-off finals during his time at the club and he also ended up being the Championship player of the year.

Patrick Bamford

The highly talented young striker will now look to kick-start his stagnating career under a manager who rates his abilities and knows his style of play inside out. Karanka managed to bring the best out of Bamford in the Championship and will look to do the same in the Premier League now.

After a few unsuccessful loan spells with Crystal Palace, Norwich City and Burnley, Chelsea finally decided to cut him loose permanently and the move makes sense for all parties.

Despite his obvious talent, Bamford would never break into Conte’s first team plans ahead of Costa and Batshuayi. Also, Middlesbrough needed some attacking depth and will be getting a player who is familiar with their playing style and the club in general.

Bamford revealed that he is delighted to have completed his return to Boro. He also claimed that he had a chat with Karanka before deciding on the move and the manager was keen to bring him back.