Sunderland's Josh Maja has been with Simon Grayson's first-team squad over pre-season.
The Premier League side are hoping that the 17-year-old can go on and emulate the England international.
Sunderland's under-18 forward has suffered a blow just when he was looking at his best.
The former Manchester City prospect is impressing for the Black Cats.
Sunderland have reportedly agreed deals to sign former Manchester City youngsters Cameron McCulloch and Josh Maja.