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Bamford, Chelsea in talks over new deal - report

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Finally, a transfer(ish) rumour that doesn't sound like it's been spun out of whole cloth: Chelsea and Patrick Bamford are reported to be working on a new contract. This makes a lot of sense, since Bamford signed from Nottingham Forest in January 2012 and has not, as far as I can tell, penned a contract extension since.

Assuming a four-and-a-half year deal, his current contract would expire at the end of next season, and it's probably safe to say that the youngster's stock is significantly higher than it was three years ago. Having shown he was too good for League One last year, he's already showing signs of having outgrown the Championship as well, and it's probably time to get him on a grownup's contract.

The Mail are claiming that Bamford's currently on £7,500 per week, but considering Mr. Aston's relaxed approach to accuracy, I wouldn't necessarily trust that figure. What is clear, however, is that club and player will be talking right about now, and there's no reason for them not to come to a new arrangement. Hopefully we'll hear news about this soon.