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Patrick Bamford linked with Premier League newcomers

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Last week, Bamford's former boss Aitor Karanka spoke of his expectations of seeing the young striker in action in the Premier League this season.  Or perhaps overseas, but I think we're all hoping that Bamford lands somewhere in the top flight of the English game.  It's the next logical step in his development, as he's so far proven his talents at U21, League One, and Championship levels.

The Championship Player of the Year has been linked with (mostly) loan moves to several Premier League teams this summer already, including the likes of Aston Villa, Crystal Palace, Southampton, and Everton.  Now, according to the Daily Mail, we can add Norwich City to that list.  The Canaries are back in the Premier League after a year in the Championship, and are supposedly looking for reinforcements at the striker position.

Cameron Jerome was their leading scorer last season, but he's only ever been serviceable, at best, during his previous Premier League days.  Neither Lewis Grabban nor Gary Hooper produced consistently last season, while Ricky van Wolfswinkel exists purely as a reminder of just how tragic transfers can turn out sometimes.  Norwich almost signed a striker from La Liga last week, but pulled the plug at the last minute.  So, they're clearly looking for help and Bamford might even have a decent chance of forcing his way into their lineup.  It would certainly be a new challenge for the 21-year-old.

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