According to journalist Alan Nixon, Sunderland are facing pressure from Championship side Barnsley in the race to sign young forward Tinashe Chakwana.

The 20-year-old attacker was released by Burnley this summer after a spending another season in the Clarets’ development squad and had previously attracted serious interest from League One giants Sunderland.

Some news outlets had even reported that the Black Cats had already secured the services of the youngster, but it seems that is not the case.

Jack Ross now faces late pressure from newly-promoted Championship outfit Barnsley in the race to secure Chakwana’s signature.

After joining the club in 2015 Chakwana earned his first professional contract at Burnley two seasons ago after finishing as the under 23’s top scorer in two out of the last three seasons, but the forward failed to live up to the hype surrounding his career and never made the breakthrough into the first-team.

Now the young Zimbabwean striker will be looking for first-team action as he looks to rebuild his career and Sunderland could be the perfect place to do that.

Should he opt for a move to the Stadium of Light, Chakwana would find himself third in the pecking order up top, behind the likes of Charlie Wyke and Will Grigg, both of whom joined the club for big money last season, but would still receive plenty of game time.

Barnsley, on the other hand, already have the likes of Kieffer Moore, Mallik Wilks and Cauley Woodrow in their ranks and would pose a more challenging destination for the 20-year-old.