Kevin Phillips has backed Chelsea goalkeeper Nathan Baxter to handle the pressure of the number one jersey at Sunderland if he is signed this summer.
The Stadium of Light legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, was confident that the experience of playing with elite level goalkeepers at Chelsea would equip him well for a season in League One.
The Evening Standard report that the Black Cats are interested in a loan deal for the 21-year-old, who is highly rated at Stamford Bridge.
Championship sides Birmingham City and Derby County are also said to be interested in the English shot-stopper who has three years remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge.
Baxter spent the first half of last season in Scotland with Ross County and has also enjoyed loan spells at Yeovil Town, Woking, Solihull Moors.
When asked by Football Insider if a move for the young keeper would be a risk given the high stakes on Wearside next season, Phillips said: