Sunderland may have to pay more than double what they offered Wolves for Dion Sanderson in talks earlier this week but the North East club are likely to make a second offer, according to the Sheffield Star.
Earlier this week it emerged that the Black Cats had seen an initial bid of £1 million rejected by Wolves for the 21-year-old, who impressed while on loan at the Stadium of Light last term.
The Sheffield Star has now reported that the Molineux outfit’s valuation of Sanderson is more than double what Sunderland offered in initial talks but that the League One club look likely to make a second bid.
It is understood that Lee Johnson’s side could face an uphill battle for the centre-back, who would prefer a move to the Championship over one to the third tier.
The defender is a product of the Wolves academy system but has featured just once for the senior side, with his most eye-catching displays coming away on loan at both the Stadium of Light and Cardiff City.
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It will likely be no surprise for Sunderland fans to hear that the club will have to up their bid significantly if they’re to land Sanderson, given how highly rated he was by the Black Cats faithful last season.
More than £2 million would be by no means an unfair price to pay for the 21-year-old but the key obstacle that the North East club may face is the player’s stance.
The Championship is always likely to be a more appetising move than League One, so convincing Sanderson that the Stadium of Light is the best place for him looks set to be pivotal in their pursuit of Johnson’s top target.