Having ended long standing interest in last season’s top scorer Matej Vydra, Leeds United turned their attention to Boro’s Patrick Bamford in the search for a new number nine. The deal for the 24 year old has been in the works since Wednesday, equating to a £7 million bid accepted, rising to £10 million should the Whites get promoted. Leeds fans have been eagerly waiting for his Monday medical and now reports suggest that he has passed and Leeds have got their man. The former Chelsea hit-man scored 13 goals last season, 11 in the league as he has seemingly been played in the wrong position by his former managers at the Riverside, and a move to Elland Road could get him back to his best. Having come out of the Nottingham Forest youth set-up, Bamford has premiership experience with Crystal Palace and Burnley. His move to Leeds has not been received well by Middlesbrough supporters who seem to seriously rate the attacker having played for Boro in two spells as a loanee before signing on a permanent deal two seasons later. The announcement of the deal is expected tomorrow (Tuesday 31st July).
Meanwhile, it became apparent on Monday morning that Manchester City’s young winger Jack Harrison was also on his way for a Monday medical along with former teammate Bamford, and now the Whites have officially made the signing. The 21 year old made only four appearances with Boro last season, though in his first two seasons before he did have two very impressive seasons in the MLS with New York City FC, City’s partner club in the states. In his first season he played 21 times in the league, scoring four and assisting eight, with the following campaign bringing ten goals with a further three assists in 34 league matches. The creative winger has brought much excitement amongst the Leeds faithful as the two attackers bolster Bielsa’s new Leeds squad.