Yesterday, The Mirror reported that we’d had a bid rejected for Wolves centre-back Dion Sanderson.
Less than 24 hours later, more details on our move for the 21-year-old talent have emerged from The Athletic’s Tim Spiers and Chris Waugh – their correspondents for Wolves and Newcastle respectively.
They report that we have had a £1m bid turned down, but crucially state that Wolves are ‘confident’ of signing him up to a new deal – something that would end our hopes of snapping him up at a cut-price fee given his current contract is due to expire in less than 12 months time.
Not only that, The Athletic state that our offer was ‘considerably below’ the asking price that’s been slapped on the former Sunderland loanee’s head, with the same piece questioning if we’ll have the appetite to up our offer given Steve Bruce is believed to be working with a ‘restricted budget’ this summer.
Interestingly, Chris Waugh states that he is ‘seen as a player for the future’ on Tyneside and could even be loaned out to a Championship club should we end up agreeing a fee for the 6ft 2′ defender.
So, it seems we’ll come back in with a second bid, but it sounds like the two clubs are some way apart on valuation – not to mention the fact Wolves seem hopeful of tying him down to a new long-term deal.
I hope I’m wrong, but if we’re finding it this hard to agree a cut-price fee for a Wolves youngster who’s just come back from a spell in League One, we could be in for a long old summer on the transfer front.