Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer has claimed Wolves youngster Dion Sanderson rejected a Premier League club to go to St Andrew’s.
The central defender is spending the season on loan at the Championship outfit. He is looking to build on a great season with Sunderland last term.
Sanderson made his debut for the Blues in the EFL Cup defeat to Fulham on Tuesday.
The 21-year-old played just over an hour before having to go off injured.
It has since transpired it was a spot of cramp.
Fans were left impressed by Sanderson’s first showing, despite the team losing 2-0.
It is a big season for the youngster, who is looking to build on his performances for the Black Cats.
After agreeing a contract extension with Wolves, Sanderson has moved to Birmingham and Bowyer has suggested his club staved off Premier League interest to get him.
He said (via Birmingham Live): “I understand another Premier League club tried to buy him as well. But obviously they [Wolves] speak highly of him and think that he will go a long way.
“He’s here now, he did well last year at Sunderland, I guess this is his next stepping stone.”
Prior to his Midlands move, Sanderson was linked with Newcastle United.
Reports claimed the Magpies tabled a bid.
Championship stint was probably the best decision
One wonders if Newcastle were indeed the team that tried to buy Sanderson a couple of months ago.
It is probably for the best that Sanderson has gone to the Championship again.
He did have half a term with Cardiff City in 2019/20, but this is a chance for him to really build his experience in potential preparation for the Premier League.
He has big potential, and it is a real boost that Wolves managed to get him to sign a new deal.