Wolves have entered the hunt to sign Sunderland midfielder Paddy McNair following his relegation to League One, according to a report.

The Daily Mail claims in its live transfer blog (12:27pm, 9 May) that Premier League side Brighton are in talks to try sign the 23-year-old enforcer.

It is understood that a £3.5million bid from Brighton has been knocked back by Sunderland, who value the ex-Manchester United ace at £7million.

The report details that Wolves, Fulham and Derby County are all keen on McNair despite ongoing talks with Brighton about his signature.

Football Insider verdict:

Brighton are certainly frontrunners to sign McNair as it stands and it would be quite extraordinary for Wolves to plot a last-minute hijack. However, a late bid by Nuno Espirito Santo’s side may not be the worst thing in the world, as they could do with someone in their squad like him. Wolves are preparing for life back in the Premier League after winning the Championship title and they have some real eye-catching players who could dazzle in the top flight. However, the likes of Ruben Neves have never played in the Premier League before and adding someone with McNair’s experience would be a real boost. The Northern Ireland international managed five goals in just 19 games for relegated Sunderland from the central midfield position, while he also has the versatility to play at centre-back. McNair may not be the high-profile name that Wolves are hoping to see arrive this summer, but it would be a really sensible one.

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