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Leeds United agree fee for striker target – £7m and rising

It’s been subject to much interest since it was first broached as a possible deal, but according to Sky Sports Transfer Centre (18:54), possibility is about to become certainty as Leeds United and Middlesbrough agree a deal for Patrick Bamford.

According to the Sky Sports Transfer Centre, the price agreed between Leeds United and Middlesbrough over Bamford is an initial “£7m rising to £10m with add-ons.” Earlier reports put the transfer fee at a supposed £6.75 – although these were somewhat unsubstantiated and not carrying the gravitas of what Sky Sports brings to the table.

United have been searching for a striker who has the potential to hit the net with consistency since the loss of Chris Wood to Premier League side Burnley early on last season. The rush to replace Chris Wood’s 27 Sky Bet Championship goals from 2016/17 fell short for the Whites, despite the best efforts of Kemar Roofe (11) and loanee Pierre-Michel Lasogga (10) who were only able to score sporadically.

However, Bamford will provide Leeds United with that up-front goal threat that both Roofe and Lasogga failed to consistently provide. In 77 games for Middlesbrough, Bamford has scored 28 Championship goals, including a hat-trick against Leeds United last season in a game where the Whites folded and waved the white flag.

This return underlines his potential and prowess at this level – two characteristics that underline the threat he possesses at Sky Championship level. His most successful season for the Teessiders was the 2014/15 season – where he scored 17 goals and provided five assists in 38 games. Last season he was no slouch either with 11 goals and an assist in 39 games.

An agreed fee of £7 million, even if it does rise to £10 million, will represent good business for a 24-year-old still making headway and perfecting his art as a striker. This ‘deal’ comes on top of Leeds United landing impressive Wolves left-back Barry Douglas earlier tonight.

Then there’s the ‘unfinished’ negotiations with Derby County’s Matej Vydra, who was spotted in Leeds city centre earlier this week. Could it be, and this is wild speculation by the way, that the captures of Douglas and Bamford are being used as a simultaneous statement of intent and leverage to bring the Vydra deal both closer and quicker?

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