Three clubs are set to fight for the signature of Chelsea’s young striking sensation Patrick Bamford.
According to kickoff, Championship sides Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County will try to beat Premier League new boys QPR to the player’s signature.
Wolves manager Kenny Jackett is on the hunt for a new striker as he looks to mastermind a second successive promotion, following the title-winning campaign in League 1 last season.
It is understood that Jackett sees 20-year-old Bamford as a perfect addition to his squad, which currently does not have a stand-out striker.
Although the West Midlands club are seen as the front runners to sign the former Nottingham Forest trainee, it is possible that Jackett could instead see Leicester City striker Chris Wood as a more ideal solution.
Wood fell down the pecking order at the King Power Stadium last season, and now with the addition of Leo Ulloa from Brighton for £7 million, he is now the fourth choice striker for the Foxes and looks set to leave the club.
New Zealand international Wood could be available fairly cheaply and Wolves may see him as a more permanent option.
Should this be the case, Bamford will certainly be welcomed by Derby County boss Steve McClaren. Bamford spent time on loan at the iPro Stadium last season, scoring eight goals in 21 appearances as the club reached the play-off final.
The Rams have been interested in bringing the striker back to the Midlands since the end of last season and could take advantage of this transfer window to secure their man and push for promotion next term.
Despite interest from both of those sides, Queens Park Rangers are also interested and, being a Premier League club, they will be Chelsea boss José Mourinho’s preferred destination.
Playing time would be limited at Loftus Road with Charlie Austin the first choice striker, but the top flight experience would be invaluable for the player’s development and Harry Redknapp could make a bid for the striker in the coming days.
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