Sunderland look to tie down key player to new contract amid stunning form and Swansea interest

The importance of Sunderland top scorer Ross Stewart was amplified this week following Jermain Defoe’s shock retirement.

Saturday, 26th March 2022, 1:45 pm

Stewart, currently away on international duty with Scotland, has 22 goals to his name this season.

And there are fresh reports this week that Sunderland will look to try and tie down their key asset to a new deal.

Sunderland, who had a free weekend in League One following the postponement of their home game with Rotherham United, are battling for a play-off place as the season reaches a climax.

Sunderland striker Ross Stewart. (Photo by Alex Burstow/Getty Images)

And the Daily Record report Sunderland will offer Stewart a new deal amid strong interest in the striker.

Swansea City were tracking Stewart in January.

On being called up to the Scotland squad, Stewart said: “If I got my chance with Scotland and managed to score then that would be an absolute dream come true.”

Sunderland were dealt a blow this week when Defoe announced his shock retirement.

Defoe re-signed for Sunderland in January but his second stint at the Stadium of Light was shortlived and he has now retired from playing.

The former England and Spurs striker could go into coaching.

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