Arsenal's Mesut Ozil in action with Sunderland's Jan Kirchhoff
Sunderland defensive midfielder Jan Kirchhoff will open contract talks with the club, according to The Sun.
Kirchhoff, who can also play as a central defender, joined Sunderland from Bayern Munich in the January transfer window.
Wes Hoolahan in action with Sunderland's Jan Kirchhoff
Kirchhoff featured in 15 Premier League matches for Sunderland during the 2015-16 season, creating 12 chances in the process.
The versatile former Bayern player had a pass accuracy of 69% and a shot accuracy of 50%, and won 33 headers, 11 dribbles and 40 tackles.
Sunderland's Jan Kirchhoff in action with Newcastle's Aleksandar Mitrovic
The former Germany Under-21 international played well for Sunderland last season.
It would make sense for Sunderland and Kirchhoff to agree on a new deal, especially as the midfielder has just a year remaining on his contract at the moment.
The Black Cats narrowly avoided relegated to the Championship last season and will remain in the Premier League for the 2016-17 campaign.