Jack Ross’s Sunderland reportedly want to sign Ross Sykes from League One rivals Accrington Stanley in the summer transfer window.

Ross Sykes might have just ended talks of a move to Sunderland by signing a new contract with Accrington Stanley until the summer of 2022.

The Lancashire Telegraph reported last week that Sykes had emerged as a transfer target for The Black Cats after some impressive performances in League One this season.

The 19-year-old defender was due to become a free agent at the end of the season with his contract running down. And with Sunderland seemingly scouring the market for bargain deals, Sykes would have been a risk worth taking.

But it seems that he is not going anywhere just yet.

As reported by Accrington’s official website, the teenager has committed his future to John Coleman’s side by inking a new long-term deal.

 “I am delighted to sign a new deal,” said the Burnley-born centre half. “It’s a reward for the hard work I have put in, it offers me security for the future and I am happy to have been playing regularly this season.”

Sykes has been at Accrington for the last six years after failing to make the grade at hometown club Burnley.

And maybe he has made the right call staying where he is. Sunderland are not short of centre-backs after all and they should now focus their attention on signing loanee Jimmy Dunne on a permanent basis from Burnley instead.

There is nothing to stop Sunderland from pressing ahead with their interest in Sykes just yet, however. Accrington hardly have money to burn so a big bid could still give them something to think about.

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