Aitor Karanka: Patrick Bamford deal "isn't in my hands"

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka reveals that a potential deal for Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford 'isn't in the hands' of the Championship club.

Middlesbrough head coach Aitor Karanka has revealed that he is still waiting to see if the club have been successful with a loan offer for Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford.

The Championship side have been heavily linked with the English frontman, but after witnessing his team lose 1-0 at Leeds United, Karanka admitted that he was not sure whether they would be able to bring the 20-year-old to the Riverside Stadium.

The Spaniard told reporters: "We are working on Bamford. I have spoken with Jose Mourinho, everybody knows how important a player he could be for us.

"I hope that he can be with us but it is not in my hands. We would like to have a squad with a lot of quality so there is competition for the players."

Bamford 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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