Sunderland will look to bring Wolves defender Dion Sanderson back to the club on loan in the summer, if they win promotion to the Championship this season, a report from The Northern Echo has revealed.
Sanderson joined the Black Cats on loan back in the summer transfer window, and after a slow start to the campaign, has gradually emerged as a key figure at The Stadium of Light.
The defender has made a total of 23 appearances in all competitions for the club, scoring once, and after some impressive performances for the Black Cats, is reportedly attracting interest from the likes of Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town.
However, it seems as though Sunderland themselves have not given up hope of bringing Sanderson back to the Stadium of Light for next season.
According to this latest update, the club will make another loan deal for a priority during the summer transfer window, if they are promoted from League One at the end of the current campaign.
Sanderson’s current contract with Wolves is set to expire at the end of next season, but the defender is expected to be handed a new contract at Molineux, meaning a loan move looks more likely than a permanent deal for next season.
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As things stand, Sunderland are third in the League One table, two points adrift of an automatic promotion spot, but with games in hand on the sides above them, Hull and Peterborough.
It does seem to make absolute sense for Sunderland to look to bring Sanderson back to the club for next season.
The defender has been a key figure in their promotion push this season, and you do feel as though it would be a big lift for all concerned with the Black Cats if he was to return to the Stadium of Light.
Indeed, with Sanderson having impressed in the Championship on loan with Cardiff last season, there should be little concerns about his ability to compete at that level either.
However, with the level of interest that there appears to be in Sanderson at this moment in time, it is still possible that it will not be easy for Sunderland to get this deal done, although the fact he is already familiar with the club could help their case.