Birmingham City manager Lee Bowyer is apparently ‘confident’ of beating the likes of Sheffield United to the signing of Wolves defender, Dion Sanderson.

Sanderson is on the United radar this summer. It comes after an impressive season with Sunderland last season for the Wolves youngster.

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Reports this week have suggested that United could be prepared to pay the apparent £2m asking-price from Wolves for Sanderson. However, conflicting suggestions also claim Wolves might prefer a loan move.

And according to BBC Radio West Midlands’ Richard Wilford, Birmingham and manager Bowyer are confident of landing Sanderson. It’s suggested the defender could move to St Andrews for the season.

Birmingham are looking to build a squad that can challenge towards the top six under Bowyer. They’ve added a number of new faces this summer, including Manchester United youngster, Tahith Chong.

A move to the Blues might well suit Sanderson. He’d be able to stay close to home, while still getting regular Championship football.

Earlier this week, Sheffield United boss Slavisa Jokanovic confirmed the club are now in a position to move forward, in terms of signings. Sanderson is believed to be on Paul Mitchell’s list. A list that Jokanovic approves of.

The Blades missed out on Matt Clarke this week. And it looks like it could be a case of deja-vu with Sanderson.

Sheffield United News View: Sanderson ideal, but there’ll be others

It’s clear that United like the Wolves man. The interest is real, and multiple local journalists have confirmed as much.

Missing out on Sanderson, then, will sting a bit. But on the flipside, he’s likely to be among a number of defenders we have eyes on. Further, United only actually need cover at the back. Chris Basham will play where Sanderson does anyway.

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The left side remains more of a priority. But even there, Jack Robinson finished the season strongly. The former Forest man returned from injury and looked the part.

So, while a new defender is needed, there’ll be plenty available. After all, it’s not like we need a Premier League quality addition as such anymore.

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