Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford has reportedly emerged as a potential loan target for five clubs this summer, according to the Daily Mail.
The Premier League side, who host West Ham United at Stamford Bridge on August 15 (Monday night) in their 2016/17 English top-flight campaign opener, could be tempted in loaning out the former England Under-21 international forward once more following their £33m capture of Belgium’s Michy Batshuayi from Ligue 1 outfit Marseille earlier this transfer window.
The 22-year-old, who started his career with Championship club Nottingham Forest, has failed to make his first-team debut for the Blues since his £1.5m switch from the City Ground back in January 2012.
Bamford; who has already enjoyed loan spells at Milton Keynes Dons, Derby County, Middlesbrough, Crystal Palace and Norwich City (last term) throughout his Chelsea spell, is wanted by Scottish Premiership champions Celtic, as well as Championship quartet Aston Villa, Fulham, Queens Park Rangers and Wolverhampton Wanderers, according to the report.
He failed to score in seven league appearances for recently relegated Norwich during the previous 2015/16 campaign.