Chelsea starlet set for January loan switch

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Chelsea starlet Patrick Bamford is set to swap the MK Dons for a club in the Championship in the January transfer window.

The 20-year-old striker has been in stunning form for Karl Robinson’s side in the third tier of English football, netting 16 goals in 28 appearances for the promotion chasers.

However, his time in Milton Keynes is set to come to an end at the weekend, with the Blues looking to send the player up to the next division.

"The boy’s disappointed, we’re disappointed but you’ve got to be respectful to Chelsea," Robinson told the official Dons website.

"It’s not a case of anything we’ve done wrong, instead Chelsea has thanked us for everything we’ve done and they’ve said they couldn’t have wished for the loan deal to go any better.

"I do believe there are four or five top Championship clubs vying for his signature to try and strengthen for the back end of the season. Whoever does get his signature will be getting a very, very talented footballer.”

Derby County are one of the clubs to be linked, with the Derby Telegraph claiming manager Steve McClaren has hinted that the England U21 international is of interest.

The Rams face Chelsea in the FA Cup third round this weekend, and the meeting would appear to offer the former England boss an opportunity to make his case for the player moving to Pride Park on a short-term deal.

Bamford doesn’t appear to be in first team contention under Jose Mourinho, and is yet to make his Chelsea debut after joining the club in January 2012.

But, with the Blues struggling in-front of goal at Stamford Bridge, the Young Lion could only enhance his chances with more goals in the second part of the season at a higher level.

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