According to a fresh report in The Sun, Sunderland have agreed a new four-year contract worth £2.5 million for talented winger Duncan Watmore.
The 21-year-old initially started his career at Manchester United before being released and later joining Conference outfit Altrincham on an initial youth contract.
After breaking in to the first-team and scoring 14 goals from out wide, Watmore attracted the attentions of Sunderland and ended up joining the Black Cats for an undisclosed fee in 2013.
Since then, a fruitful loan spell at Hibs followed in 2014, before returning to the Stadium of Light - and he has been featuring in Sunderland’s match-day squad since the beginning of the current campaign.
Having earned international recognition with the England Under-21s, Watmore evidently has an abundance of ability and new Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce hasn’t been afraid to call upon him.
As per the report in The Sun, his current rise has been rewarded with the club boosting his existing contract to the tune of £2.5 million – some difference to his former Altrincham deal.
Watmore played the full 90 minutes during Sunderland’s 1-0 home defeat to Southampton before the international break, appearing out on the left as Allardyce looked to inject some much-needed youthfulness into his side.
The talented youngster could feature again for the trip to Crystal Palace on Monday night as Sunderland seek their first away victory over the current Premier League campaign.