Bamford, 20, joined Nottingham Forest as an eight-year-old before his 2012 move to Chelsea, which cost the Blues around £1.5m. They were banking on him reaching his potential, which could see him feature as an England international – but in order to do that, Bamford needed to play first team football too.
As a result, the youngster was sent out on loan to MK Dons in what turned out to be a14-month loan deal, where he scored an impressive 21 goals in 44 games. Suitably pleased with his impact in the third tier of English football, Chelsea then handed Bamford the chance to jump up a level with Derby County in the Championship.
More goals followed, as the England Under-21 international hit eight goals in 21 games to help the Rams to the Championship play-off final. Whilst Steve McClaren's side would love to keep Bamford at Pride Park, Chelsea have other ideas – they want to send him out to a Premier League club to see if he can handle another step up in class.
With that in mind, which top flight clubs could land Bamford on loan this summer?
Villa's striking options have been disappointing to say the least. Nicklas Helenius has already returned to Aalborg despite only signing last summer, Grant Holt's loan spell has ended whilst both Christian Benteke and Libor Kozak are recovering from serious injuries. Their team is already young, but Bamford would at least offer them a striker who has recently been putting the ball in the net.
Cameron Jerome has returned to Stoke City after his loan deal expired, leaving the Eagles with Marouane Chamakh, Dwight Gayle and Glenn Murray – who combined for just 13 goals in all competitions last season. Staying in London could be appealing to Bamford, and he has the predatory instincts to add something to Palace's attack.
The Foxes have been quiet since their promotion, adding only goalkeeper Ben Hamer, centre back Matthew Upson and winger Marc Albrighton. They need another striker and whilst they're pushing to sign Brighton's Leanardo Ulloa, Bamford could be a much more cost-effective solution. Ulloa is valued at around £7m, and they could instead use that money to strengthen other areas of their team by adding Bamford on loan – and they'd become the third East Midlands side Bamford has played for if they did.
Queens Park Rangers
Harry Redknapp has been known to be something of a striker collector over his time as a manager; but at the moment, his QPR side only have Charlie Austin, Bobby Zamora and Loic Remy – who is expected to be sold this summer. Chelsea's West London neighbours offer Bamford the most local option, and with the R's lacking firepower, it seems he'd get playing time at Loftus Road.
New manager Alan Irvine has very few striking options in his side. With only Victor Anichebe, Saido Berahino and new £9m signing Ideye Brown at his disposal, Irvine must bring in another new forward, and given his background in youth development, Bamford could be ideal. Relations between Chelsea and West Brom are good given the work they did with Romelu Lukaku, and the Blues could see the Hawthorns as the perfect place for their young striker to develop.