Kevin Phillips has urged Dion Sanderson not to sign for Newcastle United this summer.

The Sunderland legend, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, said the 21-year-old would be “a very brave lad” to move to St. James’ Park having endeared himself to Sunderland supporters this season.

Sanderson has been a revelation at the Stadium of Light since he arrived on loan from Wolves in October.

Football Insider understands the Magpies have been tracking the centre-half’s development and have joined Sheffield United, Huddersfield and Crystal Palace in the race to sign him.

The £2million-valued defender has been described by Black Cats manager Lee Johnson as an “absolute Rolls Royce” in light of his displays in recent months.

When asked by Football Insider for his thoughts on Sanderson potentially completing a shock move to bitter rivals Newcastle, Phillips said:

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“Sanderson would be a very brave lad if he was to step across and play for Newcastle after playing for Sunderland.

“My advice to him would be, ‘ Don’t do it!’ It would not be worth the hassle.

“He has proven this season that he is going to get better and better. It will not be just Newcastle sniffing around him, I am sure there will be a few other clubs as well.

“It is going to be difficult for Sunderland to sign him permanently this summer but I would be very surprised if he went to Newcastle, put it that way.” 

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