By Kevin Phillips

5th Jul, 2021 | 10:41am

Phillips fears Sunderland could miss out on Sanderson after pivotal Newcastle update

Kevin Phillips fears Newcastle United may beat Sunderland to the signing of Dion Sanderson.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the 2000 European Golden Shoe winner claimed the 21-year-old would likely end up at St. James’ Park next season if the Magpies match Sunderland’s offer.

Wolves rejected an opening bid of £1million from the Black Cats for Sanderson last month.

The Midlands club are holding out for £2million for the centre-half who spent last season on loan at the Stadium of Light.

As revealed by Football Insider (July 1st), Steve Bruce’s side are planning to submit an offer of £1.5million for the English defender.

Phillips suggested his former club could offer Sanderson the captain’s armband in a bid to regain his services.

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“It would be a big, big blow to lose him to Newcastle,” he told Football Insider.

“If Newcastle make a concrete move there is not much competition, as much as I hate to say it.

“They are in the Premier League and it is as simple as that. Any young kid wants to play in the Premier League.

“It would take a huge effort from Sunderland to persuade Sanderson to join if Newcastle matched their offer.

“The only guarantee Lee Johnson can give him is that he is going to play week in, week out. Perhaps they could offer him the captain’s armband next season, who knows. Something like that could stop him joining Newcastle.

“It will be a blow if he went up the road.”

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