According to a report from the Lancashire Telegraph, Sunderland are one of several League One sides “taking an interest” in Accrington Stanley centre-back Ross Sykes.

Accrington Stanley centre-back Ross Sykes is catching the eyes of a host of League One sides including promotion hunters Sunderland, according to the Lancashire Telegraph.

Stanley are reportedly looking to tie down the defender to a new contract with interest growing in securing Sykes services. His current contract with the League One side doesn’t run out until the end of next season but manager John Coleman is keen to fend off interest with a new contract for the 19-year-old.

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The centre-back has been sidelined through a groin injury recently, but has played 17 games in all competitions, with Stanley currently sitting in 15th place in the League One table and four points clear of the relegation zone.

Standing at 1.96m, Sykes is a strong, powerful figure at the back. His aerial presence is a problem for strikers and makes him a target during set pieces.

He started his career in the youth academy with Premier League side Burnley but he never made it into the first-team at Turf Moor and departed in 2016 at the age of 17. He was snapped up by then League Two side Accrington Stanley, where he played three times in his first season with the club.

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He played for Southport during the 2017/18 season and returned to Stanley ahead of their League One campaign this season. He will be hoping that he can return from injury before the end of the season to help his side keep their place in the third tier of English football.

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