Sources: Sunderland to submit Sanderson bid after Speakman talks with Wolves

Sunderland are set to table an opening bid for Wolves defender Dion Sanderson as they look to seal a permanent deal, Football Insider has learned.

The League One club know they will be competing with teams from a higher level for the 21-year-old but are pulling out all the stops to get him.

Sunderland sporting director Kristjaan Speakman is spearheading his club’s pursuit of Sanderson and is aware on competition from Championship clubs as well as the possibility of a Premier League club entering the race.

A source at the Stadium of Light has told Football Insider that will not stop the north-east club from testing the water at Wolves with an opening offer.

Sunderland have been told it will take £2million to land Sanderson and Wolves are willing to let him go.

Speakman has continually kept in contact with his counterpart Scott Sellars at Wolves throughout Sanderson’s loan period with the intention of signing the starlet permanently for next season.

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The Black Cats hope the relationships that have been built – between Sanderson and the hierarchy, coaching staff, teammates and fans – will be a strong enough to swing a deal.

Sanderson was hugely impressive in his 27 appearances for Lee Johnson’s side prior to a season-ending injury in mid-April.

Sunderland legend Kevin Phillips has told Football Insider he is confident the club can get a deal for the centre-back over the line after what he heard at the EFL Trophy final earlier this year.

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

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