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According to the Daily Mail, Sunderland have made a £1million bid for Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Dion Sanderson – but it’s been rejected.

Sunderland took Sanderson on loan from Wolves back in October, and made 27 appearances for the club in a superb spell at the Stadium of Light.

Sunderland boss Lee Johnson branded Sanderson a ‘Rolls Royce’ having impressed either at right back or centre back, all at the age of just 21.

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Sunderland make their move for Sanderson

It’s clear that Sunderland want to keep Sanderson permanently, and have now launched a £1million bid to keep him on Wearside for good.

However, Wolves are seeking a much higher fee, more in the region of £2million – meaning Sunderland may need to double their offer.

Wolves are though open to selling Sanderson having brought in Colombian talent Yerson Mosquera, meaning there is hope for Sunderland to strike a deal.

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What about Newcastle?

Back in April, The Chronicle reported that Newcastle United were keeping close tabs on Sanderson ahead of potentially stealing him from under the noses of their bitter rivals.

That would really hurt Sunderland fans, but this report does again note that Newcastle are interested in signing Sanderson to bolster Steve Bruce’s back line.

Cardiff City, Birmingham City, Stoke City, Luton Town, Millwall and Sheffield United are all thought to be keen too, and all play at a higher level than Sunderland, making their task even harder.

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