Reports claim striker Patrick Bamford will sign a contract extension with Leeds United before the start of next season.
Bamford’s current Elland Road deal is set to expire at the end of 2021-2022. His form for the Whites has seen other clubs linked, with former employers Chelsea thought to be keen. He was on the Stamford Bridge books between 2012 and 2017 but did not kick a ball for the Blues. The Grantham-born ace enjoyed loan spells with Milton Keynes, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace, Norwich and Burnley.
He eventually penned permanent terms with Boro in January 2017 but signed for Leeds in July 2018. Bamford inked a four-year deal with the West Yorkshire outfit and has taken his game to another level.
Having bagged nine Championship goals in 2018-19, he netted 16 the following season. And, having helped Leeds reach the Premier League, he has 14 in the top flight.
Doubts were raised over his ability to make an impact in England’s top division. But he has now put those to bed and appears close to an England call-up.
Three Lions chief Gareth Southgate chose Aston Villa’s Ollie Watkins during the recent international break. Bamford’s omission surprised many, with Southgate himself saying he was “very unfortunate” to miss out.
England’s loss is Leeds gain as the forward should be fresh for the run-in. All eyes will then turn to whether or not he will sign a new deal or look to move on.
Summer deal in the offing for Bamford
Leeds are comfortably in mid table, with 42 points from 30 games played. They returned from the two-week break to down Sheffield United 2-1 on Saturday.
It is unclear whether any dialogue will begin before the campaign ends. But Phil Hay of The Athletic is certain the Whites will not leave it too long.
“In terms of Bamford, I’d expect Leeds to tie him to a new deal before next season starts,” he said. “I’d be surprised if that’s a problem.”
There is every possibility that other clubs might start circling for the striker after his exploits this term. Therefore it makes sense for Leeds to get their business done as early as possible.