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Report: Sheffield United need to find £4m to sign player who is 'wise beyond his years'

Sheffield United could be forced to pay up to £4m if they wish to sign Wolves starlet, Dion Sanderson, during the summer window.

Sanderson has once again emerged on the radar of Paul Heckingbottom. As we know, the defender’s name is nothing new when it comes to the Blades. United were said to be ready to spend around £2m on the Wolves man before the start of last season.

Of course, no deal ever happened and Sanderson spent his campaign out on loan with Sunderland and then QPR, impressing at both clubs. However, United’s interest hasn’t waned, and the Daily Mail claimed just a week ago that Heckingbottom remains a fan of Sanderson.

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But while the Blades might fancy their chances of finally landing Sanderson, he could come at a hefty cost. Well, that’s according to Birmingham Live’s Alex Dicken, who told the Sunderland Echo about the very latest on Dion Sanderson’s situation at Wolves.

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“I think you would be looking at north of £3million. Wolves secured that fee for Owen Otasowie last year and he only had 12 months remaining on his contract at the time,” Dickie explained.

“Sanderson has more experience than Otasowie and a player of his age could move for £4m-plus in this market.”

Of course, Stephen Bettis has told Sheffield United fans that money will be spent this summer. But whether that’s to the tune of £4m on one player, remains to be seen.

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It’s impossible to see how the club will splash £4m or so on a player without anyone going out first. The club simply doesn’t have the resources to be spending such fees – or so we’re led to believe – so could be priced out here.

Players could leave, however, to help fund any move. Max Lowe is wanted at Nottingham Forest, Oliver Burke can leave, while Sander Berge is attracting interest. Sanderson is a good fit for Sheffield United. He will get better as well, meaning he fits the long-term model of the club wanting good young players on board. But without a sale or two, it’s very difficult to see how United spend this much money on one player this summer.

The Wolves man is certainly highly-rated at Molineux, and former winger Stephen Elliott said he was already showing he was ‘wise beyond his years’ with his performances at Sunderland last year.

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