Last Updated: Fri, 24 Jan 2014 11:56
Sunderland have held more talks with Jack Colback over a new deal and hope to agree terms with the midfielder soon.
The Black Cats have several first-team players out of contract at the end of the season but have been making progress with negotiations with some and will hope to sort out their futures before the end of the campaign.
Boss Gus Poyet has been particularly impressed with Colback since he came into the club and believes he deserves a new long-term contract at the Stadium of Light.
Several Premier League rivals have kept an eye on his situation as previous contract talks failed to see a new deal being agreed and, at one stage before Christmas, it looked like the 24-year-old might be on his way out this month.
Everton expressed an interest in him but now the indications are that the England Under-20 international will put pen to paper on fresh Sunderland terms - possibly even before the club's trip to Wembley for the Capital One Cup final at the start of March.
Meanwhile, it is thought Poyet also wants to open talks over new deals for Phil Bardsley and Seb Larsson, as well as Ki Sung-Yueng and Marcos Alonso, but with the threat of relegation hanging over the side those negotiations may have to wait for now.
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