Sunderland are intending to offer midfielder Elliot Embleton a new contract.
The 19-year-old is out of contract at the Stadium of Light at the end of this season but looks set to extend his deal, as per a report by Grimsby Live.
Embleton has spent this season on loan at League Two side Grimsby Town and has impressed for the Mariners. He made the move to Blundell Park in the summer and has since played 30 times in the black and white stripes.
He has scored four times and gained four assists. Grimsby are keen on signing him permanently in the summer but it appears he will be signing on at Sunderland for another couple of years.
The Durham-born midfielder joined the Black Cats as a youngster and rose through the youth ranks at the Stadium of Light. He made his first-team debut for the Sunderland in December 2017 in a Championship fixture against Wolves.
Embleton has represented England at U17, U18, U19 and 20 level so far in his career. Sunderland opted to loan him to Grimsby on a short-term basis in the summer for him to gain some more regular first-team action and experience. The move was then extended until the end of the campaign during the January transfer window.
Sunderland boss, Jack Ross, is believed to rate Embleton highly and does see him as part of his long-term plans. It has been important for him to gain a taste of playing a lot of games this season.