Colback chase hotting up

More than half-a-dozen Premier League clubs are ready to make a contract offer to Sunderland midfielder Jack Colback.

The 24-year-old is out of contract at the Stadium of Light this summer, but Sunderland have revealed that he is set to leave after failing to agree terms.

Sky Sports understands that Colback is keeping his options open, which could yet see him staying at the Stadium of Light - should Sunderland avoid relegation.

But no matter whether Sunderland stay up or not, Colback will have a plethora of options available to him.

It is understood that a host of teams are now monitoring Colback's situation very closely, with a view to landing him on a Bosman free transfer this summer.

Everton, Hull City and Sunderland's arch-rivals Newcastle United are amongst the clubs know to be keen on Tyneside-born Colback.