Sunderland should be able to meet the £2 million asking price for Lee Johnson’s number one target Dion Sanderson but face competition from Birmingham City and Huddersfield Town among others, according to the Northern Echo.
Sanderson spent the 2020/21 campaign on loan at the Stadium of Light and impressed as he became a key figure in their push for the play-offs, though an injury cut his season short and his absence was a factor in the Black Cats falling short of promotion once again.
With just a year left on his contract, it is understood Wolves are ready to sell the 21-year-old permanently and have decided to cash in on him despite the arrival of a new manager.
The Northern Echo has reported that though their budget will be limited this summer, Sunderland should be able to meet the asking price for Sanderson – expected to be around £2 million.
The report claims that the central defender is Johnson’s number one target this summer.
However, the North East club look to have something of a battle on their hands due to the interest from a string of Championship clubs.
Birmingham, Huddersfield, Sheffield United, and Stoke City are all thought to be keen on the defender.
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The transfer window opened today and Sanderson’s future looks as though it’s going to be a very intriguing saga to follow.
The Stadium of Light faithful will love to hear that not only is the defender Johnson’s top target but the North East club will likely be able to afford the fee Wolves are expected to demand.
His return would be a massive boost for them as they look to launch a serious promotion push next term but the interest of the four Championship clubs could be a real obstacle.
The Black Cats will no doubt be hoping the form Sanderson showed for them last term and the promise of regular football as a key player is enough to convince him.