Former Manchester United midfielder Kieran Richardson is close to signing a new long-term contract with Sunderland, according to Black Cats boss Steve Bruce.
The 25-year-old, who has just one year left on his current Stadium of Light deal, has scored eight goals in 85 appearances since moving to Wearside three years ago.
After watching Fraizer Campbell score all his side's goals in the 4-2 pre-season friendly win against Hull City, Bruce said: "We're talking to Kieran. He's got a year left and we hope we can tie him up. I think the chairman has made a few inroads into that.
"We hope he signs it. We want to build a squad here and Kieran is a very good player. They've always got you by the short and curlies these players because he's only got a year left.
"We hope it will get done and we hope we'll be able to announce something shortly. I like him as a player. He's got a bit of versatility and he can play in a number of different positions.
"In my mind, I think his best position is left-back. I've always said that, but he's a good player and it's nice to have different options with him in the squad."