Could Wolverhampton Wanderers revive Patrick Bamford interest as Middlesbrough close on Ashley Fletcher deal?

General view of the Wolverhampton Wanderers corner flag before the Sky Bet Championship match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Brighton & Hove Albion at Molineux Stadium on April 14,...

Wolverhampton Wanderers were linked with the now Middlesbrough player in January.

Wolverhampton Wanderers were one of several sides credited with interest in Patrick Bamford in January.

Along with Leeds United, Wolves are said to have enquired about the then-Chelsea striker's availability (ESPN), ahead of his £6 million transfer to Middlesbrough.

But could they try again this summer? HITC Sport takes a look...

Patrick Bamford of Middlesbrough celebrates scoring his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Middlesbrough and Southampton at Riverside Stadium on May 13, 2017 in...Middlesbrough striker Patrick Bamford

What's his situation?

Despite enjoying arguably the best form of his career under Aitor Karanka at Middlesbrough, Bamford's return to Teesside hasn't quite gone to plan. Karanka left within two months of signing the 23-year-old, who started just twice in the league as Boro dropped out of the top flight. Garry Monk, who was Leeds boss at the time of their alleged January enquiry, has since taken over the Riverside reins, but has already spent £24 million on two new strikers and looks set to smash the £30 million mark with a third front-line addition, Ashley Fletcher. With Rudy Gestede also among Monk's goalscoring options, at least one of the Benin international or Bamford could be on his way before 1 September.

Do Wolves still need him?

Despite a busy summer of their own, in which Porto's Ruben Neves became their headline arrival in a Championship record deal, Wolves are yet to address their striking department, which comprises just Nouha Dicko and Joe Mason of any real experience. One suspects Bamford would therefore be a welcome addition. Having said that, they too have a new manager in Nuno Espirito Santo, who will perhaps have his own targets.

Porto's coach Nuno Espirito Santo sits on the bench before the UEFA Champions League football match FC Porto vs Leicester City FC at the Dragao stadium in Porto on December 7, 2016.Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo (right)

What are the chances of a deal?

While a Wolves move for Bamford could be convenient for both parties, Middlesbrough are likely to want something close to their money back if they are to sell the former England Under-21 star. And with Financial Fair Play restrictions to consider, another substantial outlay can perhaps be ruled out for the Molineux outfit this window. A loan move could be considered, although Boro are likely to view Nuno's side as rivals for promotion this coming campaign, which could put them off.

Should Wolverhampton Wanderers revive their Bamford interest? And should Middlesbrough let him go?

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