Patrick Bamford has revealed how Middlesbrough indirectly blocked his move to Nottingham Forest in 2018.
The Leeds United man was eyeing a return move to his hometown club, and a timely reunion with then Forest boss Aitor Karanka. The Spaniard worked with Bamford at Boro and wanted to bring him to the City Ground, but for Boro pricing Bamford out of the move.
Taking part in a fan Q&A on the Leeds’ Twitter page, Bamford explained his movements that summer:
“It was actually quite strange. I thought I was staying at Middlesbrough. I originally knew that Nottingham Forest had put a bid in, as Aitor Karanka was there.
“Middlesbrough put a stupid figure on it and I think it was double what Leeds actually ended up paying, so there was clearly something going on there.”
Karanka guided Boro to a 2nd-place finish in the 2015/16 Championship season, but found himself out-of-work by March 2017. He took nearly a year out of the game before landing at Forest in January 2018.
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“Then I heard about Leeds being interested,” continued Bamford. “I remember my agent telling me that Leeds were interested and that obviously pricked my ears out.”
Bamford’s move to Forest then didn’t work out, and he subsequently signed for Leeds where he’s spent the last two seasons, scoring 23 goals.
Perhaps there was ill-feeling between Boro and Karanka come the time of Bamford’s proposed move to Forest, but the Spaniard would only last until the following January anyway.
As Bamford said himself – this one is ‘strange’. It sounds as though Boro purposely over-priced Bamford to prevent him linking up with Karanka at Forest, but why?
The past is the past though and today Bamford finds himself as the main no.9 at a club on the brink of Premier League promotion, and he could yet score some important goals to make that happen.