By Kevin Phillips

1st Apr, 2020 | 11:04am

'They will make an offer...' - Exclusive: Kevin Phillips drops big Sunderland reveal

Kevin Phillips claimed Chris Maguire’s future is in the balance and if Sunderland gain promotion he may not be offered a new contract. 

The former Stadium of Light striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, insisted the 31-year-old will be given a new deal if Phil Parkinson’s side fails to get out of League One.

Maguire has scored 11 goals and provided 13 assists in 41 appearances so far this season.

The Scottish winger, who signed from Bury in 2018, in out of contract this summer along with Luke O’Nien, Jon McLaughlin, Duncan Watmore, Tom Flanagan, and Alim Ozturk.

Phillips hoped that when the season resumed, the Black Cats could achieve promotion and complete a much talked about takeover of the club.

“It depends what happens with Sunderland,” he told Football Insider. “If they stay in League One they will make an offer to try and keep him but if they go up, at 31-year-old, it is a tough one.

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“The player holds all of the keys in regards to his own future but I do not think the club will be speaking to anyone until they know where they are going to be and who is going to be in charge of the club.

“He has been a success at this level. Early on in the season, he was disappointing but he showed his qualities in the past few months. If they do not go up they will want to keep him.

“You would like to think if they get promoted and get taken over they will go on a spending spree. You would like to think anyone coming in will have a few quid.”

The Mackems fell out of the play-off spots prior to the postponement of all fixtures after failing to win in their last four games.

The EFL, like many leagues in Europe, is suspended due to the outbreak of the virus COVID-19 with the UK currently under lockdown measures imposed by the government.

In other Sunderland news, Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider how coronavirus pandemic will affect potential takeover bid.