Will Steve McClaren’s appointment prevent potential Newcastle signing of Patrick Bamford?

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Newcastle want to sign Chelsea’s Patrick Bamford, who worked with Steve McClaren at Derby County.

Bamford has been linked with a £10 million move to St James’ Park, as per the Gazette, and the Magpies are keen on signing the Championship Player of the Year.

Whilst that is a hefty price for a player yet to prove himself in the Premier League, the 21-year-old netted 19 times last season, proving his ability as a top level striker, with a wealth of potential.

His prolific spell with Middlesbrough was his second in the Championship, having spent time in the previous campaign with Derby County - then coached by McClaren.

McClaren is set to link up with Newcastle in the coming days as manager, and whilst his awareness of Bamford is likely to retain that interest in him, it could actually see the young striker decide against a move to Tyneside.

Bamford is naturally an out-and-out forward, known for his ability to drift in the channels wide of his teammates to create play. He featured as a lone striker for Boro, and his incredible goal return would make him a great striker for many teams.

However, when at Derby, McClaren was unwilling to play Bamford in the centre, forcing him out on the wing in a 4-3-3 formation, and seeing him struggle. He did net eight times in his spell at the iPro, but he is keen on remaining as a centre-forward, and that could be the reason he opts against a move.

There are no guarantees that Bamford would be a consistent central striker for Newcastle, and with McClaren’s former unwillingness to play him there, the young striker could turn down a chance to move to Newcastle for the good of his own development.

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