EXCLUSIVE: West Brom to rival Championship suitors for on-loan Chelsea star

Nathan Baxter, Matt Ingram Millwall v Hull City April 2022

Hull City will face competition from Championship rivals West Brom this summer for Chelsea goalkeeper Nathan Baxter, TEAMtalk understands.

The 23-year-old started his Chelsea career at the age of eight and remains on the books at Stamford Bridge. However, he has yet to make a first-team outing.

Instead, he has gone on seven loan spells, each with different clubs. Indeed, Hull are his latest venture as he continues to forge a career away from Chelsea.

However, TEAMtalk understands that Hull now want to keep Baxter in East Yorkshire this summer.

They want a permanent deal for the stopper, but are not alone in having such plans.

West Brom are chasing a new goalkeeper ahead of Sam Johnstone’s impending exit from the Hawthorns. The England hopeful reportedly has Premier League interest from Tottenham.

The Baggies are therefore looking to sign up a new goalkeeper, with Baxter firmly in their sights. They had firm promotion hopes earlier in the season but are likely to miss out and will now look for stability for next season.

Hull, meanwhile, have survived after moving back up to the second tier from League One. They are now looking for a new signing between the sticks.

Baxter’s initial loan spells saw him play non-league football for the likes of Woking and Solihull Moors. However, Hull is his second spell of EFL football after playing for Accrington Stanley last season.

Before his latest two clubs, he also played Scottish football with Ross County.

Overall, he has made over 150 career appearances, but Hull want to give him a long-term stay at a club, with West Brom also eyeing a deal.

Baxter one of five featured Chelsea loanees

Nathan Baxter, Barnsley v Hull City November 2021

Chelsea have developed a fantastic reputation for their academy system developing star players in recent years.

This term, midfielder Conor Gallagher has made his name at Crystal Palace, while Ethan Ampadu is starring at Venezia.

But Chelsea in fact have five goalkeepers out on loan, alongside Jamie Cumming, Karlo Ziger, Ethan Wady and Sami Tlemcani.

The Blues have decisions to make over their futures, with Baxter an in-demand figure in the Championship.