DONE DEAL: Leeds United land Bamford in £7m swoop

Patrick Bamford has joined Leeds United in a £7m move from Middlesbrough, becoming the club's most expensive signing in almost 17 years.

Tuesday, 31st July 2018, 5:08 pm
Updated Tuesday, 31st July 2018, 5:13 pm
New Leeds United signing Patrick Bamford.

Bamford finalised a four-year contract this afternoon after undergoing a medical and agreeing personal terms with the Elland Road club.

Boro had accepted a bid for Bamford over the weekend as Leeds’ complicated attempt to bring a new forward to the club finally yielded a deal.

Leeds are paying £1m more than Boro put up to take Bamford from Chelsea in January 2017.

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Bamford rounds Felix Wiedwald after scoring one of three goals in Leeds United's 3-0 defeat at Middlesbrough in March.

United turned to Bamford following a breakdown in negotiations to sign free agent Abel Hernandez and Derby County’s Matej Vydra.

Head coach Marcelo Bielsa instructed Leeds to bid for Bamford as the transfer window entered its final fortnight and a fee was agreed ahead of Sunday’s friendly against Las Palmas.

Bamford, who won the Championship’s player of the year award while on loan at Boro from Chelsea in 2015, scored 13 goals last season on the way to the Championship play-off semi-finals but has been allowed to move on from The Riverside.

Boro manager Tony Pulis is expected to use the income from Bamford’s sale to fund the signing of Ipswich Town striker Martyn Waghorn.

Twenty-four-year-old Bamford is the most costly signing completed by Leeds since the £11m purchase of Robbie Fowler from Liverpool in 2001.

He is the third new recruit to arrive at Elland Road in the space of four days, following Barry Douglas and Jack Harrison into the club.