Sunderland are leading the race to sign former Hartlepool striker Luke Chapman, according to an exclusive from TEAMtalk.
The Wearsiders are set to have a summer of change after missing out on promotion for a second successive season, finishing eighth in the League One table.
Both at first team and academy level, fans of the club can expect plenty of upheaval; and the underage ranks have already seen some significant changes, with Sam Wilding, Bobby Beaumont and Vinnie Steels all joining the under-23 side under Elliot Dickman.
With those players coming in to strengthen Sunderland’s underage side, another potential arrival has emerged in the shape of Chapman.
The 17-year-old striker was in good form last season for Hartlepool’s under-18 side, netting a hat-trick against Boston United, and interest from a plethora of clubs has since emerged, with Newcastle United and Leeds United also both keen.
Available on a free transfer due to the closure of Hartlepool’s academy, the youngster would be expected to spend time with Dickman’s under-23 side before potentially progressing to the first team at the Stadium of Light.
The report from TEAMtalk also claims that Chapman has already been training with the Black Cats upon a potential move and it seems like a promising signing.
If Premier League clubs like Leeds and Sunderland’s rivals Newcastle are interested, why not make a statement and beat them to a player who seems to have plenty of promise.
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