Wes Brown is set to stay at Sunderland another season, the Northern Echo have reported.
The paper claim Brown had been expected to leave the club but is valued by manager Dick Advocaat and is close to agreeing a 12 month contract extension.
The former Manchester United centre-back is 35-years-old, and the Newcastle Chronicle had reported at the end of last month he had been contemplating retirement.
Brown is not the reliable player he once was, and has become increasingly error prone during his time with the Black Cats.
The Northern Echo's report suggests he is being kept on as a back-up, with the club still desiring to bring in another centre-back, with Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates, who had been at the club on loan, another possibility.
Brown, who turns 36 in October, made 23 Premier League starts last season, and a further two appearances as a substitute.
He has been at the club since 2011, when he left Manchester United, with seven Premier League titles to his name. He retired from international football in 2010, having won more than 20 caps for England.
The news he could be kept on at Sunderland had fans less than enthused. Here is a look at how they reacted on Twitter...
Cant actually believe we're giving Wes Brown a new contract.. Thats exactly whats wrong with the club squad full of over the hill hasbeens— Joe Smith (@Joecsmith11) June 10, 2015
Sorry but giving wes brown a new contract is surely a big no no.— Reece Casey (@reececasey) June 10, 2015
Wes Brown is offered a new deal and suddenly the amount of own goals we concede next season goes up from 4 to 11— J (@JHSAFC9) June 10, 2015
Wes Brown getting a new contract is basically our way of saying nah we cba to sign a replacement. The guy is absolutely woeful. #SAFC— Callum Maley (@CallumxMaley) June 10, 2015
Sunderland are giving Wes Brown a new contract. Same mistakes, different season, same old Sunderland. We need two first team centre backs.— Daniel Graham Parker (@dgp202) June 10, 2015
Seems I'm in the minority in thinking that Wes Brown being offered a new deal is a good thing for the club. Doesn't need to be 1st choice.— James Locker (@JamesLocker10) June 10, 2015
Reports suggesting Wes Brown will stay on for another yr. no problem with that if its as back up. Maybe a coaching role with the kids too— Barry Dixon (@mackem1977) June 10, 2015
Wes Brown getting a new contract then. Oh how quickly optimism that Sunderland are headed in right direction fades.— Brentton Gaydon (@BrentsGotNards) June 10, 2015