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Nottingham Forest starlet on way to Stamford Bridge.

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Nottingham Forest manager Steve Cotterill says that Premier League giants Chelsea have made a bid for his teenage striker Patrick Bamford.

The 18 year-old has only appeared from the bench on two occasions for the Championship side, but has shown enough potential to warrant interest from the top flight.

Still, it is his performances for the youth team that have really made the bigger sides start to take note of his talent.

Last week, Bamford scored five goals and supplied three assists in a 9-1 defeat of Wigan Athletic’s youth team in the FA Youth Cup, and he seems destined to be granted first team opportunities in the not too distant future.

That does not seem likely to be at Nottingham Forest though at present.

Cotterill says that although Chelsea’s £1.5m bid is not quite what they were looking for, Nottingham Forest’s hands are somewhat tied.

That is because despite a number of revised contracts offered to Bamford, he has not signed a new deal at the City Ground.

“There has been a bid for him from Chelsea, it is for £1.5million,” Cotterill said to the Nottingham Evening Post.

“The problem we have is that Patrick has been offered a couple of contracts now and I am not sure he will sign a new contract at Nottingham Forest.

“We are going to have a meeting to decide where that goes. What materialises, we will find out shortly.”

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