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Sheffield United ready move to rival Newcastle and Sunderland for transfer

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Sheffield United are set to test Wolves’ resolve with regard to the future of Dion Sanderson. 

Football Insider have revealed that Sheffield United have an interest in signing the 21-year-old, who reportedly has a £2m price-tag on his head after a successful loan spell with Sunderland last term.

Slavisa Jokanovic’s side are open to a loan agreement with the Molineux club if they cannot strike permanent terms for the defender’s service.

Kean Bryan has been stalling on accepting the terms offered to him by Sheffield United, whilst Jack O’Connell’s injury woe looks set to continue well into 2021/22. In addition to that, Matt Clarke is bound for West Brom, leaving the Blades looking at alternative centre-backs.

Sanderson impressed last season for Sunderland in League One before injury ended his involvement as Lee Johnson’s side chased promotion.

He scored once in 26 appearances, shining alongside Luke O’Nien at centre-back.

There’s a desire at Sunderland to reunite that pair this summer, with the Black Cats seeing a £1m bid for Sanderson’s service rejected.

Meanwhile, there’s also interest from Newcastle United, who are said to have had a £1.5m bid for Sanderson knocked back, as Wolves hold out for considerably more.

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The Verdict 

The centre-back situation that Jokanovic has inherited at Sheffield United is a little bit of a mess.

Bryan is yet to commit, with O’Connell looking like he will be unavailable in the medium term. Simply, he needs to find someone to come in and offer an alternative to Chris Basham or John Egan.

That’s where Sanderson comes in. He’s young and got a lot of potential to be a really good Championship player in the future, but also now.

Sunderland know exactly what he’s all about, whilst he’s also highly-rated at Newcastle and Wolves.

If Sheffield United make their move and get a deal done, it could be a really underrated signing for Jokanovic to make this summer.

The fact that the Blades are flexible with a loan or permanent could well work in their favour too.

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Alfie is a journalist based in Yorkshire with years of experience covering the EFL. A current focus on Huddersfield Town and their fortunes back in the Championship, but out and about at as many games as possible. Covered Leeds United during their promotion-winning season in 2019/20.

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