Sheffield United are interested in a deal to bring Dion Sanderson to Bramall Lane this summer.
That’s according to a report by the Sheffield Star, who claim that the Blades have added the Wolverhampton Wanderers centre-back to their shortlist of summer targets after Slavisa Jokanovic identified a lack of cover for John Egan and Chris Basham in the United defence.
According to a report by the Northern Echo earlier this month, Wolves would be willing to part with the 21-year-old this summer should a buyer meet their asking price for the defender, which is believed to be around £2m.
Considering just how impressive Sanderson was during a loan spell at Sunderland last season, it is unsurprising to learn that the Blades are considering a move for the centre-back this summer.
Over his 26 League One appearances for Lee Johnson’s side last term, the £135k-rated defender helped his side keep eight clean sheets, as well as making an average of 0.9 interceptions, one tackle, 2.7 clearances and winning 4.3 duels per game.
The 21-year-old also boasts experience in the Championship, having spent half a season on loan at Cardiff City back in 2019/20, where he made ten appearances for the Bluebirds, providing two assists and helping his side keep four clean sheets, as well as making an average of 1.4 interceptions, 1.2 tackles, 2.1 clearances and winning 3.7 duels per game.
These returns saw the defender Stephen Elliott claimed has a “huge future” in the game earn an average SofaScore match rating of 6.77, ranking him as Cardiff’s joint 14th-best performer in the second tier.
As such, with Jokanovic clearly believing that his side is in need of greater depth in the centre of defence, a move for Sanderson would appear highly advisable for Sheffield United this summer, as the youngster very much already seems to be an accomplished option in the heart of a backline, as well as a player who still has a great amount of developing still to do in the game.