When a team like Leeds United gets promoted and impresses as they did last term, the big clubs begin to circle their key players in the transfer window.
We saw the intrigue from clubs like Manchester United and Liverpool which began to fester around Raphinha and there seems to be endless interest in Kalvin Phillips.
Like Raphinha and Phillips, Patrick Bamford was the subject of interest from the biggest clubs in the Premier League over the summer and it seems one club came close to prying the former Burnley man away from Elland Road in the summer.
According to Neil Jones of Goal, Liverpool had a genuine interest in the Leeds United number nine over the summer and were hoping to make a move for the striker to add greater depth to their attacking options.
However, Bamford was never interested in the move not liking the idea of being Liverpool’s fifth choice attacker behind the likes of Diogo Jota and Roberto Firmino. Instead, he was keen to secure a new deal at Leeds United and, as we’ve since seen, that new contract was soon wrapped up and Bamford is ready to start for Leeds against Liverpool this weekend.
It could have been a very different story especially with Roberto Firmino unavailable this weekend. Perhaps we could have seen Bamford line up in the red of Liverpool had things gone differently.