By Saikat Mandal

16th Jun, 2022 | 2:45pm

West Brom target Ross Stewart set to be offered new Sunderland deal

Sunderland have “opened talks” over a new contract deal for striker Ross Stewart amid interest from West Brom, as reported by Football League World.

The Baggies are not alone in the race to sign the 25-year-old striker. They face strong competition from Championship rivals Middlesbrough, Burnley, and Blackburn Rovers, while Scottish giants Rangers are also interested.

Stewart effectively has a contract at the club until 2024 as the Black Cats have an option to extend it for another year. The newly-promoted Championship side are desperate to keep their top striker at the club beyond the summer.

Difficult

It looks really difficult for the Baggies to secure his signature, especially since clubs like Rangers can offer him a better deal.

The reality is that the Baggies won’t have millions to spend in the market. Steve Bruce is expected to navigate the way through the free-agent market and loan options.

The Baggies do have depth and quality in their forward region, but Bruce will need a striker after Andy Carroll was released.

Kenneth Zohore had a disastrous three years at the club and it’s unlikely that he would be relied upon.

A lot of hope has been placed on Daryl Dike, who has so far played less than 90 minutes of football for the club since his move in January. He needs to deliver next season and repay the faith the club have shown in him.

Stewart would be a very good signing. He scored 26 goals last season, including in the play-off semifinal and the final. He has got tremendous fitness, having started in all the games for the Black Cats last season.

It would require a really tempting offer to lure him away from the Stadium of Lights, and given West Brom’s financial situation, that looks unlikely.

In other West Brom news, Albion are also in advanced talks to sign another new player at The Hawthorns this summer.

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