Sunderland are said to be eyeing a move for Chelsea goalkeeper Nathan Baxter this summer, with Football Insider reporting that the club are keen on a loan or permanent deal for the 22-year-old.
Baxter spent the majority of last season on loan at Accrington Stanley and impressed many with his showings between the sticks at the Wham Stadium before he made his return to Stamford Bridge.
The young shot stopper currently has two years remaining on his contract with the Premier League club and it seems unlikely that he will break into the first team anytime soon with Édouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero blocking his path to senior minutes at present.
Now it appears the Black Cats could well be keen on offering him a route out of his continuous spell of loans b y putting forward the chance to move to the Stadium of Light this summer.
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Here, we take a look at ONE winner and ONE loser at Sunderland if the club ties up a deal for Baxter…
Winner – Lee Burge
The clear and obvious winner of an agreement being struck for Baxter would be Burge, who has firmly established himself as the number one choice between the sticks at Sunderland.
At 28, the shot stopper is very experienced at League One level and has appeared comfortable in his role as first choice keeper.
The addition of Baxter would provide him with some much need competition, with Remi Matthews seemingly set to leave the club.
Burge would also be able to pass on helpful advice to the young Chelsea keeper too, if the 22-year-old makes the move from West London to the North East.
Loser – Anthony Patterson
The Sunderland under-23s goalkeeper would surely be the loser of this agreement being struck as he looks to get closer to the first team.
At the age of 21, Patterson had been expected to build on the two first team appearances that he been handed by the Black Cats.
However the youngster failed to play any games in the league and was largely kept out of the matchday squad by Burge and Matthews.
The addition of Baxter would once again see the academy player knocked further down the pecking order, as they Chelsea man would want to be number two behind Burge at the very least.