According to The Mirror, Newcastle United have had a £1.5m bid turned down by Wolves for highly-rated defender Dion Sanderson.
The centre-back spent last season on loan at Sunderland, where he was voted the club’s Young Player of the Year for 2020/21.
The Mirror report that the Black Cats made a bid of their own to sign the 21-year-old on a permanent basis this summer, however that offer of £1m was also turned down by Wolves – who are believed to be demanding ‘around £2m’ for the 6ft 2′ talent.
John Cross, The Mirror’s Chief Football Writer, states that we ‘won’t be deterred’ in our attempts to bring Sanderson to St James’ Park this summer, suggesting a second bid is imminent from our end.
That said, it perhaps sums up the state of Steve Bruce’s likely transfer budget if we are fighting over £500,000. After all, if we really like the player and want to beat our North-East rivals to his signature, surely we’d just be happy to pay his alleged £2m asking price and get the deal done?
If Mike Ashley is returning to his old transfer policy – focusing on signing young players with potential at cut-price fees – then this latest transfer rumour could have legs, especially when Bruce appears keen to freshen up our ageing centre-back department.