Report: Southampton eye Patrick Bamford on permanent deal, loan deal possible

Southampton are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford.

According to The Mirror, Southampton will make a move to sign Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford during this summer's transfer window.

The Saints have seen Graziano Pelle hit 11 goals in his debut Premier League season, but manager Ronald Koeman will certainly be looking to strengthen his attacking options having struggled in front of goal lately.

The Mirror believe that Koeman wants to bring Chelsea striker Bamford to St. Mary's Stadium, who has been in sensational form for Middlesbrough this season.

The former Nottingham Forest forward, who joined Chelsea in 2012, has been out on loan at Middlesbrough this term, and has 19 goals to his name as Aitor Karanka's men push for promotion back to the Premier League.

The 21-year-old was recently named Championship Player of the Year, but now his future will be in question at Chelsea, given the forwards currently at Jose Mourinho's disposal.

Diego Costa, Loic Remy and Didier Drogba represent Mourinho's current options, and it's tough to see Bamford earning much playing time at Stamford Bridge next season.

That will play in Southampton's hands, they hope, with The Mirror reporting that the Saints want to sign Bamford permanently - but will accept a loan deal if Mourinho is unwilling to part with the England Under-21 international for good.

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