George Dobson omitted by Walsall with Sunderland move reportedly close

SUNDERLAND, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 11:Sunderland manager Jack Ross during the FA Cup second round replay between Sunderland and Walsall at Stadium of Light on December 11, 2018 in Sunderland,...

Sunderland apparently want to sign Walsall captain George Dobson as Lee Cattermole's replacement at the Stadium of Light.

George Dobson of Walsall in action during the Sky Bet League One match between Walsall and Northampton Town at Banks' Stadium on April 28, 2018 in Walsall, England.

The George Dobson saga rumbles on at Walsall, with the club captain left out of Wednesday’s pre-season clash against Leamington amid claims from the Northern Echo that a move to Sunderland is edging closer.

A new central midfielder is pretty much a must for Sunderland right now. The Black Cats have already allowed influential skipper Lee Cattermole to leave while Dylan McGeouch’s future could lie elsewhere too with a return to Scotland mooted.

 

And with the Wearside giants looking to slash their wage bill while putting together a squad capable of fighting for the League One title, former Arsenal and West Ham youth player Dobson appears to have emerged as a top target - and rightly so. Not only is he proven in the third tier, he is also young and has so much potential for manager Jack Ross to unlock.

The Northern Echo reports that Sunderland are close to striking a deal for the 21-year-old box-to-box enforcer, who shone despite Walsall’s relegation to League Two last season.

George Dobson of Walsall during the Sky Bet League One match between Barnsley and Walsall at Oakwell Stadium on September 8, 2018 in Barnsley, United Kingdom.

Saddlers boss Darrell Clarke admitted to the Express and Star on Tuesday that Dobson had asked to leave the Bescot Stadium, though Walsall were yet to receive an acceptable offer for his services.

And Sunderland should be given fresh hope of completing a deal with Dobson nowhere to be seen when Walsall were held to a draw by Leamington.

George Moncur of Barnsley and George Dobson of Walsall compete for the ball during the Sky Bet League One match between Barnsley and Walsall at Oakwell Stadium on September 8, 2018 in...

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