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Barnsley to challenge Sunderland as race to sign striker gathers pace

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Championship newboys Barnsley are looking to challenge Sunderland in the race to sign released Burnley striker Tinashe Chakwana.

The 20-year-old striker is looking for a new club after being released by the Clarets, and according to Alan Nixon, Barnsley are now keen on offering Chakwana a deal ahead of League One giants Sunderland.

Chakwana has failed to make the grade in terms of the first-team at Turf Moor, but has impressed for the under-23 set-up, catching the attention of onlooking clubs in the second tier and beyond, with both the Reds and Black Cats keen on signing the youngster.

Barnsley in particular could be an interesting move for Chakwana, who will have looked on with interest as the Reds have made a habit of signing young up and coming players, before developing them and selling them on for hefty fees down the line.

Sunderland have already been credited with an interest in Chakwana as Jack Ross looks to add further firepower to his squad following last season’s play-off final heartbreak.

However, Nixon’s latest update suggests the Sunderland haven’t quite completed a deal for the youngster, with Barnsley looking to beat the Black Cats to his signature ahead of the new campaign.

The Verdict

We don’t know much about Chakwana but there is obviously a talent there with the former Burnley man.

His performances for the under-23 squad have clearly left an impact on clubs looking at him, and he could well do a job for either of the interested parties here.

Sunderland being in League One might give him more first-team opportunities, but Barnsley are a club who are on the up and could well give Chakwana the ideal platform to improve.

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