Chelsea loan star set to step up a division after spectacular form

Steve McClaren's high-flying Derby County interested in taking Patrick Bamford on loan for their promotion push.

Young Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford, on loan to League 1 club MK Dons, has had an emphatic first half to the season, scoring a hugely impressive 16 goals in 28 games. 

And now there are reports that Bamford is set to swap the third tier for Championship title chasers Derby County.

With the Dons languishing in mid-table and Bamford the second top-scorer in the division, the Blues may feel the youngster's development would better suit a stronger league.

The Derby Telegraph reports that Dons boss Karl Robinson is resigned to losing the striker in the near future, while quoting Rams' boss McClaren on the possibility of signing Bamford: 'We are having a little look around.

'What we have done is we have gone for younger players, the likes of Andre Wisdom and Michael Keane, and even Simon Dawkins, who I keep thinking is only 18 or 19, and he is 26. So, we have gone for younger players from the top teams and we want that quality.

'We are looking for youngsters again to add to the squad and improve the quality we have got.'

Bamford started out at Derby's Midland rivals Nottingham Forest, before joining Chelsea for £1.5 million in 2012.

This would matter to Chelsea if they did not have Petr Cech between their own sticks. Courtois is reaching a level where he will demand regular first-team football wherever he goes having received just that at Atletico Madrid for the past two and a half seasons.

And, according to recent reports in both the People and in The Mirror, Atleti are so desperate to keep him in their squad that they will allegedly offer an extraordinary player-swap deal to Chelsea, with tantalising goal-scorer Diego Costa, 19 goals from 17 La Liga appearances this season, heading the other direction.

If there is no cash involved, if this is a pure swap between the clubs of one player for another, for a goalkeeper who has not once represented Chelsea… surely this could go down as one of the greatest January transfers of all time?

image: © the Championship, and may face competition from others in the division if Bamford does indeed move up a division.

images: © Ureinwohner, © Ronnie Macdonald

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