Sunderland begins talks with Wolves to finalize Dion Sanderson’s move

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Sunderland begins talks with Wolves to permanently loan Dion Sanderson for £ 2 million with gold medalist Olympic javelin thrower Tessa, who is also drawing interest from Brighton and Brentford

  • Wolves have opened talks with Sunderland over the £ 2 million sale of Dion Sanderson
  • The 21-year-old defender excels on loan from the Black Cats
  • Dion is the cousin of former Olympic javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson
  • His performances have also sparked the interest of Brighton and Brentford

Wolves have opened negotiations with Sunderland over the sale of defender Dion Sanderson amid increased interest in his signature.

The 21-year-old cousin of former Olympic javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson with a gold medal, excels on loan from League One Sunderland, where manager Lee Johnson has described him as ‘an absolute Rolls Royce of a player’.

His performances have sparked the interest of a number of clubs, most notably Premier League Brighton and Championship high-flyers Brentford, with Wolves considering a sale this summer for around £ 2m.

Wolves have entered into negotiations with Sunderland over the £ 2 million sale of Dion Sanderson

Wolves have entered into negotiations with Sunderland over the £ 2 million sale of Dion Sanderson

Sanderson’s current Wolves contract expires in 2022 and he has spoken of returning to Nuno Espirito Santo’s team before deciding on the next step in his development.

Sanderson has loaned time to Cardiff in the championship as a right-back, but he flourished at Sunderland, allowing him to play in his natural center-back position and showing his athleticism, composure and leadership qualities.

The key to the next stage of his progression will be the prospect of playing regular football in the first team, whether through another loan or a permanent move.

The 21-year-old is the cousin of former Olympic javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson (pictured)

The 21-year-old is the cousin of former Olympic javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson (pictured)

The 21-year-old is the cousin of former Olympic javelin thrower Tessa Sanderson (pictured)

Sunderland hopes their status, plus Sanderson’s relationship with Johnson, means they will be at the forefront of every decision the youngster makes, but his rapid improvement as a center-back in a demanding league means there is a lot of competition.

“It might be a cliché, but I just want to focus on doing my best for Sunderland every now and then and see what it gets,” said Sanderson.

‘I am having a good time and I want to continue to play at the highest level, but it is not the time to make decisions. I am leaving my broker to see what options there are and then we will make a decision in the summer. ‘

Sunderland have moved up to third place in League One and will face Bristol Rovers on Saturday as they try to overtake Peterborough in second place.

Sunderland manager Lee Johnson described Sanderson as 'an absolute Rolls Royce of a player'

Sunderland manager Lee Johnson described Sanderson as 'an absolute Rolls Royce of a player'

Sunderland manager Lee Johnson described Sanderson as ‘an absolute Rolls Royce of a player’

Promotion is their main goal and achieving it will give them more clout in the transfer market.

Sanderson’s partnership with Luke O’Nien has allowed Sunderland to concede just one goal in their last five league games, convincing Johnson that the center-back would be a valuable asset if the Black Cats are in the championship.

“At his age, he’s an absolute Rolls-Royce,” Johnson said earlier this month. “He’s encountered several challenges, but passed them.”

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