Sunderland have a “very good” chance of signing Dion Sanderson permanently from Wolves if they gain promotion via the play-offs. 

That is according to Stadium of Light legend Kevin Phillips, speaking exclusively to Football Insider about the 21-year-old loanee’s long-term future.

Sanderson was one of Sunderland’s standout performers prior to injury and was awarded the SAFC Supporters’ young player of the year earlier this week.

As quoted by the Chronicle, the centre-half was delighted to receive the accolade and described his time on Wearside as “absolutely class”.

Phillips is thrilled to hear Sanderson is enjoying his time at the club and suggested a permanent deal could be on the cards.

“That is really encouraging to hear,” he told Football Insider‘s Dylan Childs.

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“He was a shining light for Sunderland prior to the injury. He has shown that he has great qualities. I’m sure he will be a top defender.

“I could tell straight away that he likes being at the club. When I did the EFL Trophy final he was up in the box and I could hear him shouting and getting behind the team.

“He clearly likes the club and feels comfortable in the north-east.

“If Sunderland were to go up and could afford him it sounds like he would be happy to sign. It is a very good sign for the club in regards to signing him this summer.”

Football Insider understands £2million may be enough to prise Sanderson away from Wolves in the summer window.

The defender, who is also attracting interest from Newcastle, Sheffield United, Crystal Palace and Huddersfield, has one year left on his contract at Molineux.

In other news, Sunderland backed to reignite pursuit of in-form striker after £2million transfer reveal.