Sunderland have emerged as favourites to sign highly-rated striker Luke Chapman, TEAMtalk understands.
The 17-year-old is available due to Hartlepool’s academy closing as they look to reassess their youth operations.
But that means that a host of young prospects are now available.
Chapman was already being followed by a number of clubs including Newcastle, Leeds and Middlesbrough. But the Black Cats have now made their move.
We understand that Chapman has joined Sunderland for pre-season training, with a view to sealing a deal with the Wearsiders.
Black Cats face Hull test
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The new EFL season gets underway on Saturday September 12.