Sunderland are hoping to agree a new long-term deal with Luke O’Nien, with the Sunday Mirror (28/2; page 69) reporting that he is out of contract in the summer.
The 26-year-old has been a key man for the Black Cats this term. He has made 22 appearances for the League One promotion-chasers.
He appears to be an ideal player to have within the squad due to his versatility. But his future at the Stadium of Light looks to be a little uncertain.
The Sunday Mirror (28/2; page 69) notes that he is one of the Sunderland players whose contract expires at the end of the campaign.
But the report suggests that Lee Johnson’s men are planning to offer him a new long-term deal.
It would be a positive statement to keep O’Nien beyond the end of the season. He has been lauded by the fans on several occasions, and he seems to be an incredibly popular member of the squad.
This season, he has played at right-back, centre-back, right midfield and central midfield. But he has also previously been deployed on the left under previous managers.
Losing a player with that ability to fill in wherever asked would be a blow for Sunderland. So they will be hoping that an agreement can be reached in the near future.
It would surely provide a big boost to their promotion hopes if they could make an announcement at some stage.