Middlesbrough close to Patrick Bamford loan capture from Chelsea

Patrick Bamford is close to joining Middlesbrough on loan from Chelsea, Aitor Karanka confirms.

Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka has revealed that the club are on the verge of signing Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford on loan.

Karanka said that he has been given Chelsea's permission and is now just waiting on Bamford to commit to the deal.

"I hope Patrick will be with us as soon as possible but it's not in my hands," Karanka told the club website.

"I've spoken with him and given him my trust that I believe he can be a very good player for us because we only have Kike as a striker at the minute.

"At the moment it's up to him. I've spoken to Jose [Mourinho] and Chelsea are happy for him to come, we want him so hopefully we can persuade him to come and have him as our player."

Bamford, 20, scored eight goals in 23 appearances during a loan spell with Derby County during the second half of last season.

Patrick Bamford of England during the 2015 UEFA European U21 Championship Qualifying match between England U21 and San Marino U21 at Greenhous Meadow on November 19, 2013
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