Sunderland could be set to miss out on supposed target Ross Sykes, with Accrington Stanley confident of extending his deal at the club.
The Lancashire Telegraph report that the Black Cats are one of a number of clubs who have been tracking the strong 19-year-old who has impressed since breaking through.
And, he will be rewarded with a new deal that should ensure he remains with the League One side in the years to come.
His current deal expires next summer so this is a crucial period for Stanley, who will be desperate for the teenager to remain as part of John Coleman’s plans moving forward.
Sykes is currently out with a groin injury and has been a big miss for his side, who are just four points above the drop zone in the ridiculously tight league.
Coleman recently admitted that preserving their status in the third tier will help significantly when it comes to renewing contracts.
“We have got to speak to a few people and we will iron that out in the next couple of weeks. We have to know where we are first.”
This is probably the best move for all concerned as Sykes needs to be playing regularly at his age and you can’t guarantee that at Sunderland.
He has impressed a lot when he’s played this season and the new deal will be deserved.
But, the immediate focus will be helping Accrington in their survival bid when he is available to play as it promises to be a nervy end to the campaign.
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