Patrick Bamford has revealed that ahead of his move to Leeds United, Nottingham Forest were in pursuit of him but failed to meet Middlesbrough’s valuation.
Leeds sealed the signing of Bamford in the summer of 2018, with the striker arriving at Elland Road for a fee that was reported to be around the £7m mark.
For Bamford, though, it could’ve been very different, with ex-Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka keen on reuniting with the striker at Nottingham Forest.
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However, Bamford has recently revealed that the Reds’ move to sign him was knocked back by Boro ahead of Leeds meeting the Teessiders’ valuation.
He told Leeds’ official website: “It was actually quite strange (the move to Leeds). I thought I was staying at Middlesbrough.
“I knew that Forest had originally put a bid in as Aitor (Karanka) was there, who used to manage me, but Middlesbrough basically put a stupid figure on it, that was pretty much double what Leeds ended up paying.”
Bamford started his career at Forest before moving onto Chelsea, who were quick to snap up the talented striker.
A number of moves eventually led him to Elland Road, where he has worn the No.9 shirt over the last two seasons.
This year, the 26-year-old has 13 goals to his name for the table-topping Whites.
Karanka really rated Bamford and it is no surprise to hear that he tried to sign him when rumours of his Boro exit were circling.
Ultimately, Bamford has moved to Leeds and being successful, which will only rub salt in the wounds for the Forest fans.
However, under a new regime with Sabri Lamouchi, the Reds are doing well, so there won’t be too much regret.
Things have played out fairly well for all parties.
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