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Five clubs want to take Chelsea striker on loan - report

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Despite his unsuccessful spells at Crystal Palace and Norwich City in the Premier League last season, Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford is still in high demand. According to the Daily Mail, Championship clubs Aston Villa (which we've heard before), Fulham, QPR and Wolverhampton are interested in taking the 22-year-old on a loan deal. Another club in the chase are Scottish side Celtic, with former Liverpool manager and Chelsea Reserves coach Brendan Rodgers as their new boss at helm.

Throughout the 2015-16 season, Bamford made 16 appearances without scoring any goals for his two loan clubs. Having failed to impress at the Premier League level, clubs in the second level of English football are now hoping that he can reproduce his form from two seasons ago, when he earned the Championship Player of the Year award while playing for Middlesbrough.

Bamford has two years left on his contract, and will be 23 by the end of next season. Once seemingly within a hair's breadth of the first-team, it's now hard to envision Bamford making that push with younger and arguably more talented players coming up from the Academy, not to mention new signings like Michy Batshuayi arriving.

Bamford has not been included in any of Antonio Conte's pre-season trainings or matches.  Best of luck to him wherever his journey takes him, whether on loan or on a permanent move.