Leeds United’s long search for a proven Championship goal-scorer appears to have come to an end. After links with the likes of Abel Hernandez, Jordan Hugill and, of course, Matej Vydra, the Yorkshire Evening Post reports that Patrick Bamford is set to undergo a medical on Monday ahead of a £7 million move to Elland Road.
The skilful 24-year-old is an excellent talent at Championship level, winning the division’s Player of the Year award in 2016 and netting 11 goals last season, including a hat-trick against Leeds in March.
Although his impending departure will leave a big whole in Boro’s squad, particularly as Tony Pulis used Bamford as the club’s number one striker ahead of £15 million man Britt Assombalonga.
It was expected that Derby would seal the signing of Martyn Waghorn from Ipswich Town with the Mirror (live blog, 7.59pm) reporting that the Rams were set to pay around £4 million for a player who notched 16 Championship goals last season.
But Boro will have money to spend once Bamford joins Leeds and could be in a position to blow Derby’s bid out of the water. Like the former Chelsea youngster, Waghorn is a versatile attacker who can score as well as create.
So Leeds landing Bamford could inadvertently scupper Derby’s hopes of bringing Waghorn to Pride Park.