Championship manager confirms deal is close to sign Chelsea's young goal machine on loan

Middlesbrough manager Aitro Karanka has confirmed that a deal for Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford is close to completion.

The Blues have made a habit of loaning out their young players recently, with the likes of Tomas Kalas, Mario Pasalic, Bertrand Traore, Lucas Piazon, Christian Atsu and Stipe Perica all loaned out this summer in order to gain first team experience ahead of their futures at Stamford Bridge.

Now, striker Patrick Bamford looks set to be the latest name added to the ever growing list, as Middlesbrough boss Aitor Karanka told press that a deal was close following his side's 3-1 Capital One Cup win over League One side Preston North End at the Riverside Stadium tonight.

"I think it is nearly done," said Karanka. "It's not done but it is close."

Bamford, 20, joined Chelsea in 2012 having shown promise with Nottingham Forest, and has been prolific in the Chelsea reserves team, with some tipping the youngster to become a future England international off the back of his goalscoring exploits.

Loan moves to MK Dons and Derby County saw him score even more goals, with a combined 29 goals in 65 appearances over those two loan spells. If he can replicate that kind of goalscoring form on Teesside, Boro will be delighted as they chase promotion back to the Premier League.

Bamford would become the second Chelsea youngster to be loaned to Middlesbrough for the season, joining Kenneth Omeruo at the Riverside Stadium, whilst Nathaniel Chalobah also spent time with the club last season as Karanka's relationship with Mourinho - the two worked together at Real Madrid - appears to be working to Boro's benefit.

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