EXCLUSIVE: Sunderland set to beat Leeds, Newcastle to teenage striker

Luke Chapman (pic from Hartlepool FC)

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

Sunderland will open their 2020-21 campaign with a Carabao Cup clash against Hull. The tie will be played on the weekend on September 5/6. Check out the full draw here.

The new EFL season gets underway on Saturday September 12.