Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill is hoping to keep on loan left back Danny Rose at the club for the rest of the season after his fine form continues.

Rose is on loan from Tottenham Hotspur and the North London side are struggling for a first choice left back with Benoit Assou-Ekotto still out injured and players filling in out of position.

Rose has been solid for the Black Cat’s this season but is ineligible for Spurs’ visit to the North East in today’s lunchtime kick off.

The England under-21 is enjoying his football and has hinted at the possibility of making his stay permanent at the Stadium of Light at the end of the season.

Like any loan between two Premier League sides the parent club can recall the player in January and that is something that Martin O’Neill will be discussing with Spurs today when the two teams meet.

“Spurs are up here this weekend and there might be a chance for some talks or at least a conversation,” O’Neill told the Sunderland  Echo.

“But at this moment, we just have to play it by ear and enjoy it having him here at Sunderland while it lasts.

“We have an agreement in place that we would be given some notice if Spurs wanted to recall him.

“And it’s decent enough notice – something like a couple of weeks – so we would have a chance to find a replacement.

“If Tottenham do recall him, there is really nothing we can do about that – but hopefully that won’t happen.”

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