YOUNG striker Patrick Bamford insists that “anything can happen” as Middlesbrough prepare to take on Premier League champions Manchester City in tomorrow’s FA Cup fourth round tie.
Boro are enjoying an excellent campaign in the Championship, and showed their ability by taking Liverpool to penalties in the Capital One Cup earlier this term.
“Games like this can give us confidence we can take on these teams,” said on-loan Chelsea striker Bamford.
“It’s the FA Cup it’s why so many people are interested. You see it so many times when lower league teams come up against Premier League teams.
“Anything can happen.
“You see big clubs struggle sometimes, and my dad always tells me a few Forest stories from back in the day.”
Bamford notched in the Liverpool game back in September, among his nine-goal tally this season, and he heads to the Etihad Stadium in confident mood, having scored the opening goal in Tuesday’s league victory over Cardiff.
“It’s interesting and I’m looking forward to it,” added Bamford on mfc.co.uk. “It’ll be good to test myself against the likes of (Vincent) Kompany and if I can score a goal it shows that I can score against the big boys.”
l Chelsea have told Roma they will only allow winger Mohamed Salah to leave this month as part of a permanent deal worth over £11million.
The Blues were not expecting to do any major business in January but are prepared to sell Salah, who is yet to start in the Barclays Premier League this season.
Roma had hoped to take Salah on loan but Chelsea have told the Italian giants they would have to make the switch permanent at the end of the campaign.
It is understood that Chelsea are demanding 1m euros (£760,000) for an initial six-month loan ,with an obligation to pay another 14m euros (£10.6m) in the summer.
The deal would see the Blues recuperate the fee they paid Basel to sign Salah just 12 months ago.
It is understood, however, Roma view that package as too expensive for a player who has managed only two goals in almost 14 months.
Roma are also in negotiations with Dnipro for Yevhen Konoplyanka and will turn their attention to the Ukraine playmaker if Chelsea refuse to soften their stance.
Andre Schurrle has also been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge, with both Borussia Dortmund and Wolfsburg reportedly keen.
Wolfsburg sporting director Klaus Allofs, however, insists they hold no interest in signing Schurrle and told Press Association Sport: “There is nothing in it whatsoever.”
Jose Mourinho would be happy to end the January transfer window with his current squad, despite being linked with a big-money move for Fiorentina’s Colombia winger Juan Cuadrado.
Chelsea have made contact with the Italian club about Cuadrado’s availability but it is believed a formal offer will only materialise if Salah or Schurrle are sold.
Fiorentina, who are sixth in Serie A and chasing Champions League qualification, do not want Cuadrado to leave mid-season but would be helpless should Chelsea trigger the player’s £26.8m release clause.