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Sunderland have offered Patrick Roberts a new deal to extend his stay on Wearside. 

The 26-year-old is inside the final year of his current deal at Sunderland and is a key player under head coach Tony Mowbray. 

The club would like to tie down his future and have put an offer of a three-year deal in front of him. 

However, the club’s position has been weakened by late summer transfer window interest from Southampton, who are in a much better position in terms of the wages they can offer. 

Sunderland’s offer is understood to have not increased his wages at all, only the term of the deal, so it remains to be seen if that will be sufficient to tempt the winger. 

Earlier this month, technical director Kristjaan Speakman underlined the club’s desire to extend Roberts’ deal. 

Yes, that conversation has been ongoing," Speakman told the Sunderland Echo when asked about negotiations with Roberts. 

"I think that’s something that we will now pick back up. When you get to the latter end of the transfer window I think it’s always difficult to conclude those talks. We managed to do that with Luke [O’Nien].

"Patrick is a player that we’d like to retain. He’s been an outstanding performer for us on the pitch, and we’ll continue to have those conversations with Patrick and some other players."

He did, however, also acknowledged the talks would be tough to conclude. 

I don’t know [whether Southampton's interest will make a renewal more difficult], to be fair. Players are individuals and we shouldn’t be quick to make assumptions.

'It’s all down to what they would like and whether we can satisfy that. Our track record on that front is good, those conversations will run and there’s no required end line, really.

"Last year we had some players… Lynden got to the end of his contract and then we agreed a new one. It’s just different for everybody, really."

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