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Wolverhampton Wanderers will make reported Sunderland target Matija Sarkic available for loan this summer, chairman Jeff Shi has told the club’s official website.

The Grimsby-born Montenegro international finally completed a move to the Molineux giants on Monday, after his contract at Midland rivals Aston Villa expired.

But it seems that Sarkic will have to wait a while for his first-team debut in Wolves colours.

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With John Ruddy signing a contract extension, and with Rui Patricio at the peak of his powers, there is no immediate place in Nuno Espirito Santo’s first-team plans for the 23-year-old newbie.

Amid claims from the Sun (24 May, page 59) that the much-travelled Sarkic could be set for 12 months on Wearside, Wolves’ chairman has swung open the door for Sunderland to snap up one of the most promising shot-stoppers in Britain.

“We are very happy to welcome Matija, who is a promising young goalkeeper with lots of potential. We hope that he will be a success at Wolves and with his loan club next season,” Shi says.

Sunderland missed out on promotion from League One in 2019/20 and, as a result, the North East giants were powerless to prevent Jon McLaughlin walking away at the end of his contract.

The Scotland international has since moved north of the border with Rangers, with a top-level replacement required.

If Black Cats supporters were concerned about Sarkic’s relative lack of experience, a superb spell at Livingston in 2019/20 suggests that the former Anderlecht youngster is indeed ready for the rigours of first-team football.

Sarkic kept six clean sheets in 14 games and produced a Man of the Match display as Livi beat champions Celtic for the first time in their history.

Photo by Neville Williams/Aston Villa FC via Getty Images

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