Southampton prepare summer move for Patrick Bamford - round-up

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Southampton are planning a surprise summer move for Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford after his impressive season-long loan spell with Middlesbrough.

The England U21 international has netted 19 goals in all competitions at the Riverside Stadium and was recently crowned the Championship Player of the Year at the annual Football League awards ceremony.

According to the Daily Mirror, Blues boss Jose Mourinho is planning to take another look at Bamford in pre-season before assessing whether he is ready to become part of his first-team squad at Stamford Bridge.

Bamford has made no secret of his ambition to make a senior breakthrough in west London, but with Diego Costa, Loic Remy and probably Didier Drogba all set to still be there, competition for places will be fierce again next term.

If Chelsea refuse to cash-in on the player then Ronald Koeman is open to the idea of taking Bamford on loan at St Mary's, but is likely to face serious competition for his signature.

Mourinho's Arsenal jibe

Jose Mourinho has hit back at claims from Arsenal fans that Chelsea are boring in the aftermath of Sunday's 0-0 draw at the Emirates Stadium by suggesting that going ten years without winning the Premier League is much more mundane than the type of title-winning performance his side produced in north London this weekend.

The Portuguese coach's criticism came in response to chants heard from the Gunners faithful, but it's the Blues that will have the last laugh after all but confirming they'll be crowned champions in 2014/15.

Three-way Bale battle

Gareth Bale is set to be at the centre of a three-way transfer tug-of-war this summer after Chelsea joined Manchester United and Manchester City in the race to secure the Real Madrid star's signature.

The Wales international has been heavily linked with a move away from Spain after enduring a season to forget, and Stamford Bridge, Old Trafford or the Etihad Stadium are being touted as a potential destination.

Mata pays Hazard tribute after PFA award

Juan Mata has congratulated former Chelsea team-mate Eden Hazard after he scooped the PFA Player of the Year award at last night's annual ceremony in central London.

The Manchester United playmaker paid tribute to the Belgium international in his weekly blog, and also gave a special mention to club colleague David de Gea, who was named in the team of the year ahead of Hazard's peer Thibaut Courtois.

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