Recently relegated Newcastle United are looking to sign highly rated Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford, according to the Chronicle.
The Magpies are preparing for life in the second tier of English football, after finishing in the bottom three for the second time in seven seasons.
There are rumours the likes of Moussa Sissoko, Georginio Wijnaldum, Emmanuel Riviere and Papiss Cisse could leave St James' Park before the start of next season, therefore the club are in the market to boost their attacking options and more importantly sign players who have already proven themselves at Championship level.
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According to Chronicle, Rafael Benitez is said to be interested in signing Bamford, who could cost as much as £10 million and has already represented three Championship clubs on loan over the last few years.
The club hierarchy believes the talented striker is an ideal fit for the club, as he is still young enough to improve further and already has the experience of the playing in the second tier.
The 22-year-old first burst onto the scene at MK Dons in 2013, where he represented the club in 33 league matches, scoring 18 goals along the way.
He then moved to Derby County for a short loan stint in the second part of the 2013-14 season, where he found the back of the net eight times in just 14 appearances.
The Grantham-born forward then moved to recently promoted club Middlesbrough in 2014, where he scored 17 goals from 32 league appearances.
However, last season was a disastrous one for the youngster, as he failed to cement a place in the starting line-up at both Crystal Palace and Norwich City, and failed to score in his 13 league appearances.
Newcastle have already been linked with a move for Fulham forward Ross McCormack so it is clear we should expect a busy summer of activity as Benitez puts his own mark on the Magpies' squad.
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