SUNDERLAND face dilemmas over two talented youngsters who are not among nine of the club’s prospects to have signed new contracts.

Swedish Under-21s striker Benji Kimpioka and locally produced midfielder Elliot Embleton are not among the group of academy graduates to have penned deals.

Sunderland are still waiting to hear back from the pair but the Black Cats’ owner Stewart Donald is determined not to be in a position like last January when they lost Josh Maja to Bordeaux on the cheap.

Kimpioka and Embleton have both had deals on the table for them but nothing has been agreed so the chances of them departing has increased, although Sunderland would still like to keep them both.

Jack Diamond, Lee Connelly, Jack Connolly and Jake Hackett have all committed to two-year deals, while Brandon Taylor, Jack Bainbridge, Jordan Hunter, Owen Gamble and Anthony Patterson have signed up for a further 12 months.

Sunderland have boosted their Unnder-23s options this week by landing Ruben Summat, Michael Collins and Ahmed Abdelkader and the hope is that more players will step up to the first team stage from those ranks.

Kimpioka scored on his senior debut in the Football League Trophy at home to Carlisle but he has entered the final 12 months and doesn’t want to see a situation where he might have to be sold in January. Sunderland have previously suggested he could be loaned out if he doesn’t sign a contract.

Embleton’s contract expired last week. The attacking central midfielder impressed on loan at Grimsby Town last season and he is considering alternative options before deciding whether to stay.

Sunderland are still looking to add a number of new players to the first team squad this summer and Aberdeen are hoping to tie up a deal for Dylan McGeouch before Wednesday’s Europa League deadline.