Patrick Bamford has recently revealed that he nearly joined Nottingham Forest before joining Leeds United last summer.
The 26-year-old, born in Grantham, came through the ranks at the City Ground before joining Chelsea in 2012, and has since endured spells at various clubs.
Bamford was a man in demand last summer after scoring 13 goals for Middlesbrough in 2017/18, with Forest and former boss Aitor Karanka now revealed to have been interested in signing the striker.
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But Bamford has revealed that Boro’s hefty asking price for the forward meant a move to the City Ground broke down, before Leeds ended up swooping for the forward.
Speaking to Leeds’ Twitter account about how the move came about, he said: “It was actually quite strange. “I thought I was staying at Middlesbrough.
“I originally knew that Forest had put a bid in, as Aitor was there and he used to manage me at Middlesbrough.
“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.
“That was when the first offer came in but it didn’t really change anything for me as it was just two clubs talking.
“Then I heard about Leeds being interested; I remember my agent telling me that Leeds were interested and that obviously pricked my ears out.”
Bamford has since been a key player under Marcelo Bielsa at Elland Road, and is currently the Whites’ leading goalscorer with 13 goals this season.
Forest, managed by Karanka at the time, went on to switch their attention to Lewis Grabban, who has scored 34 goals across two seasons for the Reds.
Here, via the Nottingham Forest News page on Facebook, we take a look at fans’ reactions to Bamford’s reveal…
Paul Cusack: A big thankyou to Middlesbrough. Send them some flowers
Robert Norton: He and Leeds deserve each other
Phil Sutton: Glad we didn’t get him, not as good as Grabban
Gary Marriott: Thank god for that
Mark Vaux: Thank god, he’s garbage
Dylan Cox: thank god he didnt
Kenny Brant Mandels: Glad it didn’t happen
Darren Cotterill: Lucky escape….