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Bamford set for Premier League loan?

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Ben Hoskins

So the bad news for Patrick Bamford is that with Diego Costa coming in he's probably not going to get the time necessary to continue developing at Stamford Bridge, no matter how shiny his pre-season ends up looking. The good news, however, is that his 2013/14 season was good enough that the club is planning on finding a place for him in the Premier League.

Dan Levene, who has been especially prolific in the aftermath of our friendly against Wycombe, has apparently broken the news of the Blues plan. Jose Mourinho, says the article in Get West London, wants Bamford to test himself in the top flight, and since he won't have that chance at Chelsea, that means a loan. This would represent a serious step up for the 20-year-old, who began last season in League One with MK Dons, but then again Bamford's never had trouble making major strides.

So who might be interested in picking him up? Everton might be a bridge too far, although they've obviously had success with Chelsea loanees in the past. West Bromwich Albion, who have roughly no strikers at the moment, are a option and Burnley are in desperate need of a centre forward. There are lots of opportunities around for Bamford to establish himself as a bonafide Premier League player, and since he's Patrick Bamford one can only assume he'll take one.