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Sunderland: Kyril Louis-Dreyfus reveals Ross Stewart contract talks

Sunderland: Kyril Louis-Dreyfus reveals Ross Stewart contract talks - Championship News

Sunderland chairman Kyril Louis-Dreyfus has revealed that the club are currently in talks over giving Ross Stewart a new contract.

The Lowdown: Transfer speculation

The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to the Black Cats’ Championship rivals Blackburn Rovers in the January transfer window, while he was also linked with Glasgow Rangers in the summer.

The striker was crucial to the Wearsiders’ promotion from League One last season, scoring 26 times and supplying a further five assists (Transfermarkt), so it is not a surprise to see interest from other clubs in his signature.

The Latest: Contract talks ‘ongoing’

Speaking in a recent Q&A at a club event, Louis-Dreyfus has revealed that Sunderland are in ‘ongoing’ talks over a new deal for Stewart and are ‘hopeful’ that he will eventually sign.

The chairman said: “We are having ongoing conversations and we’re all hopeful that it will lead to a successful outcome.

“Football is unpredictable, you don’t know what will happen between him coming back and January, which clubs might be interested in him etc.

“All we can do is A) do our very best to retain Ross and B) plan for all eventualities so that we’re not in a situation where we are panicking and don’t know what we’re doing. Plan A is to keep Ross and secure a longer contract, but we will be prepared for all possibilities.”

The Verdict: Big news

Even though Louis-Dreyfus has admitted that there is a possibility that Stewart could leave, it is still big news to hear that talks over a new contract are ongoing, and that the club are hopeful that the striker will sign.

He carried his emphatic form from last term into the current campaign, with a stunning five goals and three assists in his opening seven Championship games (Transfermarkt), but he has unfortunately been out injured since.

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Stewart is still clearly a key player for the Black Cats judging by his goal record, and if he does end up signing a new contract, it would no doubt be a huge boost for Tony Mowbray and his team.

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