Sunderland could have missed out on Aston Villa goalkeeper Matija Sarkic, who is now said to have signed contract extension with the Premier League club.
Sarkic joined Villa in September 2015 from Belgian giants Anderlecht, where he developed through their various youth sides.
The youngster, who has featured on the international scene for Montenegro, was free to leave Villa this summer as his contract came to an end, prompting interest from both Sunderland and Villa’s Premier League rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Emerging as a potential summer signing for the Black Cats, Sarkic was seen to be a potential replacement for stopper Jon McLaughlin, who recently left the club to join Scottish giants Rangers.
However, journalist Gregg Evans has now claimed that the youngster has penned a new deal, thus potentially putting a stop to such interest from the Wearside club.
Whilst the new deal is only until the end of the current 2019/2020 season, it could be that Sarkic signs on for a further year if Villa are relegated this term to the Championship.
Whilst Sarkic has only signed a short-term deal for Villa, it would make sense for him to have another year at the club, especially if they drop down to the Championship as he may have more first team opportunities.
Sunderland will have their work cut out this summer to ensure that they find an adequate replacement for McLaughlin, that must be manager Phil Parkinson’s first port of call given the shot stopper has now departed.
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