Chelsea are reportedly close to confirming the signing of Hartlepool’s young goalkeeper Brad Young after he impressed for the academy side.
The 17-year-old, who is 6ft 4in tall, was called up for the England youth side earlier this season and is thought to be a hot prospect for the future.
He was handed his first professional deal with Hartlepool last summer but now appears ready to move on after Chelsea bid a six-figure fee for his services.
According to The Sun Young has been on a provisional trial with the Blues over the last two weeks and has impressed coaches, and is expected to sign on the dotted line soon.
Hartlepool’s goalkeeping coach is former Chelsea player Ross Turbull, and he spoke about how impressed he was with Young after he was called up.
“At the moment, it’s all potential with Brad,” Turnbull said. “Whenever anyone asks me about him I always say that if his work ethic and willingness to learn continues as it is then he will give himself the best opportunity to go and have a career as a professional footballer.
“That’s got to be his goal. He’s on the right path at the moment but it’s still early days and this is just some good recognition for the work he’s been doing.”
While Young would likely not break into the Chelsea first-team for a number of years, the goalkeeping position is one that the Blues appear to be undecided on at the moment, with Kepa Arrizabalaga failing to impress this season and seemingly in danger of being sold in the summer.
The Spanish keeper was recently dropped in favour of Willy Caballero after making a number of mistakes, and manager Frank Lampard appears to not be convinced he is good enough to be his long-term No.1.