Should Leeds United make a move for Patrick Bamford?

Norwich City's Patrick Bamford

Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford has been linked with Aston Villa and Newcastle United in the summer transfer window.

Norwich City's Patrick Bamford

Chelsea youngster Patrick Bamford has been linked with a move away from the London club in the summer transfer window.

According to The Birmingham Mail, Aston Villa, who will play in the Championship next season after getting relegated from the Premier League at the end of the 2015-16 campaign, are interested in signing the forward.

It has been reported that Villa would have to pay as much as £10 million in order to secure the services of the 22-year-old.

Newcastle United, who will feature in the Championship next season as well, are also considering a move for Bamford in the summer transfer window, according to a recent report in The Chronicle.

Swansea's Neil Taylor and Norwich's Patrick Bamford

It should not come as a surprise to anyone that the Villans and the Magpies are looking at Bamford.

While the England Under-21 international forward has yet to prove himself in the Premier League, he has demonstrated his goalscoring prowess in the Championship.

During his loan spell at Middlesbrough in 2014-15, Bamford scored 16 goals and created 28 chances in 40 Championship matches.

Bamford would be a good signing for any club in the Championship, which is why Leeds should make a loan move.

Middlesbrough's Patrick Bamford (L) in action with Brentford's Jake Bidwell

Signing the youngster on a permanent deal for £10m would be a risk and may not be feasible due to budget reasons, but a loan deal is certainly something that the Whites should look into.

The West Yorkshire outfit need to replace the departing Mirco Antenucci, and Bamford is a suitable candidate.

The youngster knows the Championship inside out, and he would be hungry for playing time after struggling at Crystal Palace and Norwich City this past season.

Lee Erwin did not impress much in his 11 Championship appearances for Leeds during the 2015-16 campaign, while Souleymane Doukara, who can play as a striker or as a winger, is not consistent or good enough.

For Leeds to challenge for a top-six finish in the league next season, they cannot rely just on Chris Wood.

Middlesbrough's Patrick Bamford and Cardiff City's Ben Turner in action

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