Chelsea defender Jake Clarke-Salter looks set to join Championship strugglers Sunderland on loan according to reports.

Sunderland manager Chris Coleman is looking to sign reinforcements for their relegation fight in the second half of this season and will have to do it without striker Lewis Grabban, who was recalled by parent club Bournemouth earlier this week.

Sunderland were knocked out of the FA Cup yesterday after losing 2-0 away to Middlesbrough and currently sit bottom of the Championship. It doesn’t get any easier for the black cats whose next match comes away to high-flying Cardiff City on Saturday live on Sky Sports. With crucial games against Hull and Birmingham this month who also occupy the bottom 4.

Clarke-Salter was also sent out on loan last season to Bristol Rovers where he featured 12 times for Darrell Clarke’s side, scoring 1 goal. However, his most notable achievement to date came in the summer with the England Under-20 side winning the Under-20 World Cup. Clarke Salter played 4 games in the tournament including the final where he helped beat Venezuela 1-0 in South Korea. Therefore, winning England’s first international tournament since the 1966 World Cup.

Clarke-Salter, 20, was signed by Chelsea in 2016 and has so far made only 1 appearance in the Premier League. Coming on as a substitute for the blues’ in a 4-0 win over Aston Villa in April 2016. He has only played once for his parent club this season in the Carabao Cup where Antonio Conte’s men comfortably beat Nottingham Forest 5-1 at Stamford Bridge.

Sunderland will hope to have Clarke-Salter signed for their next match against Cardiff City.

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