Sunderland are involved in a frenetic race to sign Hartlepool duo Joe Grey and Luke Chapman, according to a report by TEAMtalk.
After failing to gain promotion from League One for a second consecutive season, the Black Cats could undergo several changes to their side this summer, with boss Phil Parkinson under pressure from some quarters to find success next term.
A whole host of player exits have already developed, with Tom Flanagan leaving due to his contract expiring and Jon McLaughlin departing for a move to Scottish Premiership side Rangers.
That will hand Parkinson the chance to bring in some fresh replacements, prompting transfer interest in Grey and Chapman.
The report stated that Hartlepool have struggled since their relegation down to the National League and will be compelled to release a number of youth players in order to cut costs.
Of those players set to leave, Grey and Chapman are said to have gained interest from Sunderland, Newcastle and Middlesbrough, whilst Chelsea, Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Nottingham Forest and Arsenal are all said to be looking at other youth players available.
It is promising to hear that Sunderland are looking to sign youth players, especially if Premier League clubs are showing interest in those budding talents.
With Parkinson needing to replace those who have left the Stadium of Light recently, the targeting of young prospects appears to offer considerable hope that he can bring in players who will provide long-term benefit to the club.
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