Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge without ever making a first-team appearance for the west London club after it emerged that Newcastle United are planning an £8 million offer for the England U21 international.
The 21-year-old talisman netted 19 goals whilst on loan at Championship outfit Middlesbrough last term and scooped the division's prestigious Player of the Year crown for 2014/15 at the end-of-season awards ceremony last month.
Bamford has been tipped for a bright future in the game, but is yet to make any kind of mark in Jose Mourinho's senior team such is the competition for places in the Premier League champions' starting XI.
Newly-appointed Magpies boss Steve McLaren - who worked with the talented youngster during a previous loan spell with Derby County - is keen to take the player to St James' Park and will offer Chelsea a significant fee for someone that is still awaiting their first appearance for the club.
The former Three Lions manager has been tasked with overhauling the Newcastle squad this summer with an emphasis placed on recruiting burgeoning young English talent.
Queens Park Rangers marksman Charlie Austin has also been mooted as a prospective target, but with a number of top-flight suitors interested in acquiring his services McLaren has now turned his attention to Bamford.
According to The Sun, Newcastle are convinced they can persuade Mourinho to cash-in on the striker, but they face competition from Boro who want to take Bamford back to the Riverside for another season.
However, the fact Aitor Karanka's side missed out on promotion back to the Premier League in last month's play-off final means they are now less likely to secure the Chelsea starlet's services, particularly now that other clubs like Newcastle are showing an interest in signing him.
It remains to be seen whether Bamford would be keen to reunite with McLaren on Tyneside, but it looks like he will have to depart Chelsea if he's serious about playing regular first-team football in the top division in 2015/16.
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