Middlesbrough are reportedly conserving tabs on Bristol Metropolis goal Josh Maja at Sunderland.
Maja has been in nice kind for the Black Cats, netting 11 objectives in 20 appearances thus far in League One this season.
The 19-year-old’s scoring report is alleged to have alerted the Robins, however they aren’t the one Championship membership within the Stadium of Gentle star.
Sunderland Echo report that Boro have been “watching” the striker, who netted in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Wycombe Wanderers.
Maja joined the Black Cats from Fulham as a 16-year-old and is within the last season of his deal on Wearside, with talks over a brand new deal ongoing.
Ought to they break down, golf equipment corresponding to Metropolis might properly tempt Sunderland to money in on the participant in January, or danger dropping him on a compensation bundle.
Sunderland boss Jack Ross instructed Chronicle Reside that he was assured the participant will commit his future to the membership.
He mentioned: “There’s no replace on Josh’s contract state of affairs.
“As a supervisor – and I feel the house owners know this – I’m invested in progressing the membership as a complete.
“It’s important to assume within the short-term as properly, and I do know that Josh can be a participant with me till January at least, and I might count on him to be right here longer than that though we will’t say that with certainty till every little thing has been resolved from a contractual viewpoint.
“I’ve nonetheless acquired each confidence that he can be right here definitely for the foreseeable future.”
He added: “What I do know is he’s having fun with his soccer and enjoying often.
“Generally you neglect how younger he’s – a few of the younger lads who made their debuts in opposition to Morecambe within the week are older than Josh.
“He’s level-headed although and he recognises that there are specific points of his recreation that he must get higher at.
“I feel he trusts he’ll get higher right here, and hopefully that may encourage him to signal.
“Naturally I’m going to say that me as a supervisor, and my very own employees, are those who will enhance him.
“There are usually not that many higher golf equipment than us, if any, when it comes to every little thing that goes round it so there are all these issues for him to contemplate as properly.
“However he’s a really well mannered and humble younger man who has constructed an excellent relationship with my employees in a brief time frame.”