Sunderland have opened contract talks with Elliot Embleton, reports The Sun.

Embleton, 22, is out of contract next summer.

The midfielder has become a key player for Sunderland this season having impressed on loan at Blackpool last time round, joining in January and helping the club on their way to promotion into the Championship.

Having featured nine times for Sunderland in the first half of the last League One season, Embleton has already featured seven times this season scoring two goals and grabbing three assists as well.

As per The Sun on Sunday (19.09.21, pg.61), the Black Cats have now opened contract talks with the Englishman.

They have the option of extending his deal by a further year but Alan Nixon writes that the club would prefer a long-term deal for their academy product.

Embleton started the 2-2 draw v Fleetwood Town in League One yesterday. Johnson’s men had a two-goal lead but let it slide late on, losing their top spot to Wigan Athletic in the process.

The two sides meet in the EFL Cup next week.