Everton have declared their interest in Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford, reports the Daily Mail.
The 22-year old scored 19 goals last season during a loan spell with Middlesbrough, and Roberto Martinez is reportedly targeting the young English striker as the answer to Everton's attacking problems.
Bamford proved his worth last season at the Riverside, as he won the Football League's Championship Player of the Year award.
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Middlesbrough narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League last year, as Bamford's red hot form guided them to the play-off spots before they agonisingly lost out to Norwich in the playoff final.
Since that defeat, Bamford has hinted that he will not be returning to the Riverside, and consequently a number of English and Spanish clubs have asked about his availability for next season.
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Everton have made a statement of intent ahead of next season, as they have added Tom Cleverly to their ranks, and are putting the finishing touches on a £2.2m deal to sign Gerard Deulofeu on a permanent basis. Although they are still looking for a new striker, and Bamford could fit the mould perfectly.
Future at Chelsea
With Radamel Falcao supposedly on the verge of joining Chelsea on loan, Bamford could find himself surplus to requirements if he decides to stay at Stamford Bridge.
The youngster has declared his intent on breaking into the first team squad at Chelsea, and therefore moving to a fellow Premier League side on loan could prove a wise move in order to gain top flight experience.
Chelsea's development system of loaning out their best young players before calling them back, has reaped huge benefits in recent years, as seen with Thibaut Courtois, and Bamford has the potential to be the latest success from that model.
Bamford axed from England under-21 squad
Gareth Southgate opted to omit Bamford from his England's under-21 squad, instead selecting Danny Ings, Harry Kane and Saido Berahino.
The former Middlesbrough boss pointed to Bamford's fitness issues towards the end of last season, to justify his omission from the team.
Southgate told the Daily Star: "It’s been hard, but a couple of the guys always knew that they were already stand-by players.
“It’s a shame for Patrick, because he’s been injured and that’s why he misses out.
“We were conscious that towards the end of the season he wasn’t really fit to train with Middlesbrough, so he needs that period to get himself right now.”