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Southampton ready to pounce as Chelsea look to loan out exciting young talent

Stamford Bridge forward set for Premier League loan switch.

Blues starlet Patrick Bamford has had a super season on loan at Championship promotion chasers Middlesbrough but the Daily Express the ultimatum he made to his Chelsea employers will not be heeded.

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The 21 year old striker, who has scored 19 goals in all competitions this term, is seemingly keen to only return to Chelsea if there is the offer of first team football and isn’t too keen on yet another loan spell.

“I don’t have any reason not to be at Chelsea,” Bamford had said.

“It is my dream to put on that blue shirt and play for them eventually.

“However, after two years regularly playing out on loan, going back and sitting on the bench wouldn’t really help me.” Bamford stated.

The Daily Express claim Bamford’s ‘ultimatum’ revolved around his wanting either a guarantee of a first team spot or an outright sale, though it appears Chelsea will instead look to loan the player to a Premier League side.

Southampton reportedly lead the chase though the likes of Crystal Palace, Everton and Aston Villa are all interested.

Chelsea signed Bamford in 2012 but he is yet to play a single senior fixture for the West London side.

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