Hull City are being linked with a move for Chelsea goalkeeper Nathan Baxter as they look to continue their summer transfer business.
Baxter looks likely to head out on loan for the 2021/22 season, and with Grant McCann expecting to get another couple of signings done and dusted soon, the Blues stopper could prove to be the next cab off the rank.
He’s been linked with a temporary move to the KCOM stadium, and would provide competition for Matt Ingram back in the Championship should he head north next season.
Here’s everything you need to know about the latest name linked with the Tigers.
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Who is Nathan Baxter?
Baxter is a 22-year-old goalkeeper who plays for Chelsea.
He was picked up by the Blues as an eight-year-old while playing for Bromley side Cray Wanderers, and has worked his way through the ranks at Stamford Bridge.
Despite having not made any appearances for Chelsea’s first team yet, Baxter does have plenty of experience under his belt.
What experience does he have?
With his opportunities at his parent club limited, Baxter has clearly been eager to get himself some game time after asking to head out on loan over the years.
He’s taken in temporary spells with six different clubs so far, working his way up through the leagues with each loan.
He spent six months at Ryman Premier Division side Met Police in 2016, before ending the season with Solihull Moors.
Having impressed at both clubs, he was rewarded with a new two-and-a-half year contract at Stamford Bridge, before heading back out on loan the following season.
He spent the 2017/18 campaign at National League side Woking, and despite the Cards’ relegation, he was voted the club’s player of the year.
The following season he made another step up to League Two as he joined Yeovil Town, and immediately went into the club’s record books by keeping six consecutive clean sheets.
Then-Yeovil boss Darren Way said of the achievement: "For someone 19 years of age to come here and create history is an amazing achievement.
"He has not got to worry about his future because he will go from strength to strength."
The season though would end in more disappointment as Yeovil were relegated from the EFL, although he would pick up more accolades as he was voted the club’s player of the season and young player of the season.
Baxter would head north of the border with Ross County for the 2019/20 campaign, although a shoulder injury kept him out of action before he went on to play 14 games in a row for the Staggies.
Last season, he headed back out on loan once again, this time to League One as he made the move to Accrington Stanley.
How did he perform last season?
Baxter made 19 appearances across all competitions for Accrington, keeping seven clean sheets in the process – including a 2-0 victory over the Tigers back in January.
His season was cut short in March after suffering a shoulder injury, but the stats show that he was one of the top performing goalkeepers in the division last season.
What has he said previously?
Speaking to Chelsea’s website in 2020, Baxter said he was hoping to follow in the footsteps of England’s top goalkeepers by getting his game time away from Stamford Bridge.
“If you look at the current England goalkeepers – Jordan Pickford, Nick Pope, Dean Henderson, they’ve all played in non-league, League Two and League One and they’ve all come out in the press and talked about how those experiences helped them,” Baxter said.
“The experience for me of playing in the National League at 18 and then League Two at 19 has been great and those previous keepers to do that have gone on to have top careers, which is obviously my ambition as well.”
Who else is interested?
Sunderland have also been linked with a move for Baxter, although with the 22-year-old moving up through the leagues with every loan spell, it would appear City hold an advantage as they prepare for life back in the Championship next season.
And with Grant McCann looking for some competition for Matt Ingram following George Long’s departure, he may well have found his man.