MK Dons have bolstered their striking options with the loan signing of Chelsea teenager Patrick Bamford.

Bamford, who came through the youth academy at Nottingham Forest before signing for the Blues in a million pound-plus deal last season, will remain at stadium:mk until January 7, 2013.

The forward, 19, is set to link up with his new team-mates on Friday ahead of the Dons' npower League One fixture at home to Colchester the following day and he will be available to play against the U's.

Bamford, capped twice at England Under-19 level, will be eligible for the much-anticipated FA Cup second-round clash against AFC Wimbledon next month.

Bamford has yet to make an appearance for the Chelsea first team but has featured regularly for their Under-21 side, scoring six goals in seven fixtures last season.