Report: Sunderland plotting permanent move for Dion Sanderson

Sunderland are reportedly looking into the possibility of signing Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Dion Sanderson on a permanent transfer.

According to the Daily Mail, the Black Cats hierarchy have been very impressed with what they’ve seen from the 21-year-old during his loan, and are keen to sign him up as one of their own.

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It took Sanderson a little while to get going at the Stadium of Light, but since the turn of the year he’s been growing in stature for the League One side, and has really impressed in the past few games especially.

It’s claimed Sunderland – who have a new chairman and majority shareholder in 23-year-old billionaire-heir Kyril Louis-Dreyfus – will look at trying to keep the defender beyond the 2020/21 season, and that Sanderson is ‘open’ to a potential move in order to keep playing regularly.

Once summer rolls around, Sanderson will only have a year remaining on his contract with Wolves, and so the club will have a decision to make with Sunderland keen to take him.

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One would imagine if Lee Johnson’s side can achieve promotion to the Championship, then that would boost their chances.

Currently they are fifth in the table, and are giving themselves a good chance of finishing in the play-offs.

Wolves should look at Sanderson in pre-season

Sunderland wanting Sanderson permanently hardly comes as a surprise.

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He really has been looking very solid for them lately, and seems like he’d be able to play at a higher standard.

If he continues to shine in 2020/21, Wolves surely have to look at the youngster in pre-season.

His versatility and ability to play in a three or four-man defence potentially makes him fit to do a job for the first-team, and he could end up saving the club millions in the transfer market.