Sunderland are in continued negotiations with Denver Hume regarding the defender’s new contract at the Stadium of Light.
That’s according to Kristjaan Speakman, with the Sunderland sporting director revealing in an interview with the Sunderland Echo that he is desperate to keep the left-back at the club this summer, as well as confirming that the Black Cats have made the 22-year-old a very good offer.
However, the 42-year-old continues by claiming that his side are in continued talks with the defender, as well as stating his desire for the issue to be resolved, one way or another, before Sunderland kick off the new League One campaign this weekend.
Speakman said: “Denver is in every day doing his work, he’s a smashing young professional and a cracking kid. We have no issue with where it’s at, at the minute.
“We are relaxed, but of course at some point you need the decision. We have to provide the fairest amount of time to make a decision, and we have a duty of care to Denver because he’s one of our homegrown players.
“We don’t like to go down the route of hard deadlines but I think that naturally, when the season starts, we need to know who is in the squad. Those conversations with Denver are ongoing.”
With Speakman appearing upbeat about the chances of Hume putting pen to paper on a new deal with the club, as well as seeming relatively relaxed about the situation surrounding the defender’s contract, this is sure to have taken a great deal of weight off of Lee Johnson’s shoulders.
The 22-year-old highly impressed for the Black Cats last season, with the 40-year-old manager undoubtedly hoping that he will be able to call upon the youngster once again in the club’s upcoming League One campaign.
Indeed, over his 24 league appearances last season, the £2.4k-per-week man scored one goal, registered two assists and created two big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 0.6 interceptions, 1.3 tackles and 1.3 key passes per game.
As such, Speakman’s comments regarding the latest on Hume are sure to have left the Mackems boss buzzing, as the 22-year-old very much seems to possess the ability to make a real difference in Sunderland’s push to finally succeed in getting out of League One come the end of their campaign.