Newcastle turn to Chelsea forward to spearhead promotion push next season

Newcastle United are ready to turn to Chelsea striker Patrick Bamford in an attempt to spearhead their promotion push next term, report the Chronicle Live.

Having missed out on Charlie Austin and Saido Berahino last season, a lack of firepower was one of the major reasons the North East giants were relegated for a second time under the ownership of Mike Ashley.

While Aleksandar Mitrovic impressed over the course of the season in flashes, the Serbian garnered a reputation for a lack of discipline and surely won’t be enough to lead the line.

Manager Rafa Benitez has been linked with a move for Ross McCormack, though the Spaniard is now thought to have cast his eye over Bamford.

Though the 22-year old struggled for game time on loan at Crystal Palace and Norwich City, he has proved prolific at Championship level with the likes of Derby County and Middlesbrough during previous loan spells.