Patrick Bamford joins Burnley on loan deal
Published 30/08/2016 | 10:26
Burnley have announced the signing of Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford on a season-long loan.
The 22-year-old, who has been unable to force himself into the first-team picture at Stamford Bridge, has had previous spells at MK Dons, Derby, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and Norwich.
Bamford arrives at Turf Moor after the club signed Steven Defour from Anderlecht for a fee in the region of £7.5million a fortnight ago and deals for Jamie Thomas, Robbie Leitch, Nick Pope and Johann Berg Gudmundsson earlier in the summer.
Bamford, a graduate of the Nottingham Forest Academy, caught the eye in the 2014-15 season when he scored 17 times in the Championship for Boro.
He also scored in a memorable FA Cup win at Manchester City that season but missed out on a European Championship spot with England Under-21s through injury.
He played in the Premier League with both Palace and Norwich last season but neither spell proved fruitful.
Bamford is pleased to link up with Clarets boss Sean Dyche.
The player told the club's website, www.burnleyfootballclub.com: "I had heard in the past three seasons that Sean was interested, but for one reason or another it hadn't materialised.
"We spoke again in this window and after a chat everything was positive. It was just about getting it done in the end.
"One of the things the gaffer said to me is that he has done well with strikers in the past. He said he'd bring the best out of me and was straightforward with me.
"He told me how it was and it's refreshing to have that. Sometimes in managers you can get a blurred pathway, so it was nice to hear the truth, then you know where you stand and it's easier to move on from there.
"I know I have to work hard and I'm fully prepared to do that to try and get in that team.
"It's up to me to take that chance when it comes. The Premier League is a long, hard season and there will be chances. It's up to me then."