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AFC Wimbledon boss Johnnie Jackson has warned Sunderland that Jack Rudoni will not leave on the cheap after the Championship newcomers had a bid in the region of £1 million rejected, as reported by London News Online.

One of the few bright sparks in a dismal season for The Dons, it seems highly unlikely that Rudoni will be making those perfectly timed penalty-box bursts in the fourth tier of English football next season. 

Despite the 21-year-old’s 12 goals from midfield, Wimbledon finished 37th after a remarkable 26-game winless run. 

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And, according to The Sun, Rudoni has plenty of admirers at clubs far higher up the footballing pyramid. Huddersfield Town, Bristol City and Sunderland have all seen bids of above £1 million rejected. 

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“We ain’t in the business of selling our best young players,” says Jackson, who takes over at Plough Lane after a spell in charge of Charlton Athletic. 

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“We understand that everyone has got a valuation. But it would take something substantial – and I mean substantial – to come in. Then we’d consider (selling).  

“But, if not, then we won’t look to sell.” 

Sunderland are yet to bring in a single new face since beating Wycombe Wanderers in the League One play-off final at Wembley last month. The Black Cats are prioritising a central defender with Bailey Wright out of contract. Jarrad Branthwaite of Everton is one option, with Dan Ballard of Arsenal another. 

Ballard remains on the market, after a move to Burnley fell through over the weekend. A goalkeeper to compete with youngster Anthony Patterson is also a must, with leading target John Ruddy now on Nottingham Forest’s radar. 

Alex Neil’s Black Cats begin the new Championship campaign at home to Coventry City in just over a months’ time. At least star striker Ross Stewart looks likely to stay, with Rangers now looking elsewhere. 

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