According to reports from Estadio Deportivo, Scottish champions Celtic have managed to stave off competition from Real Betis in the race to secure the services of striker Patrick Bamford.
Bamford managed to earn a reputation as one of the most promising young strikers in England following fine loan spells with the likes of Milton Keynes Dons, Derby County and Middlesbrough over the past few seasons.
Due to the fierce competition for places at Chelsea, Bamford decided to try his luck in the Premier League in another loan spell last season, this time with Crystal Palace.
However, the 22-year-old did not enjoy regular minutes on the pitch at Selhurst Park and his fortunes would not improve much after he made a switch to another Premier League side Norwich City in January.
Bamford failed to find the back of the net on even one occasion throughout the course of last season and the striker will most certainly would like to forget the past twelve months as soon as possible.
Despite his struggles last term though, a number of clubs are interested in signing Bamford this summer and recently, the duo of Celtic and Real Betis were claimed to be among the teams interested in the youngster.
The Daily Mail had claimed that Celtic had enquired about Bamford recently while reports from Spain revealed that Betis boss Gus Poyet was looking to use his connections with Chelsea to sign the striker, especially after having successfully landed the services of Charly Musonda earlier this summer.
Now in a further update to the story, Estadio Deportivo have gone on to claim that Celtic have managed to stave off competition from Betis in the race to sign Bamford. The reports stated that Chelsea want Bamford to join Celtic over the La Liga outfit and the striker is now on the verge of joining the Hoops.