Sunderland want to tie down Josh Maja, Denver Hume, Max Stryjek, Lynden Gooch and George Honeyman on new contracts, according to the Sunderland Echo.

All five are out of contract at the end of the season meaning the League One side could lose them for free in the summer.

Sunderland boss, Jack Ross, is eager for new deals to be put on the table as he looks to continue to plot his sides’ promotion push this season without distractions.

Josh Maja has been an important player for the Black Cats and has scored 9 goals in 14 games in all competitions so far in this campaign. This has attracted interest from Premier League trio Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton, as reported by The72 earlier today.

Youngsters Denver Hume, 20, and Max Stryjek, 22, are also out of contract at the Stadium of Light in June. Strjek, who is a goalkeeper, is currently on loan at National League side Eastleigh having spent last season at Accrington Stanley.

Lyden Gooch is another who Sunderland want to offer a new deal to. The American midfielder is a key player for them and has scored 3 goals in 9 so far this season. He joined the Black Cats in 2012 and worked his way up the youth ranks.

George Honeyman is the final player who Sunderland are wanting to sign a new contract. The 24-year-old, like Gooch, progressed through the youth ranks at the Stadium of Light. He bagged 7 goals in 44 appearances for Sunderland in the Championship last season, which isn’t bad for a side who were relegated.

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