Patrick Bamford heading to Derby County, according to reports

Steve Bardens

The Championship promotion favorites would be a big step up for the Chelsea youngster, and the move sounds like it's already agreed upon.

We already knew that Patrick Bamford was unlikely to remain at MK Dons for the remainder of the season, and it's beginning to sound as if we'll be hearing some official word about his next destination in short order. Several journos are now reporting that a deal is in place to send him to Derby County, where he'd remain until the 2013/14 season concludes.

Derby would be a logical destination, as they're in need of reinforcement up front, and play at a higher level than MK Dons. If the report is correct and Bamford is heading to Derby, it should be an excellent test of where he's currently at in his development.

Should the loan go through in short order, he'd not be eligible to play against Chelsea in our FA Cup tie next weekend due to FA regulations. His first chance to get on the pitch for his new side would come against Leicester City on January 10.

The move would likely go over very poorly with fans of his former club, as Derby are one of Nottingham Forest's traditional rivals. That's fine by me though, as Forest have done very little right in my eyes in the way they've utilized Nathaniel Chalobah.

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