Kevin Phillips delivers Dion Sanderson transfer verdict as Sunderland to 'hijack' Aberdeen deal for Championship defender

Sunderland are set to face Lincoln City in the play-off semi-finals – but what news is there surrounding Lee Johnson’s men?

Sunday, 16th May 2021, 4:45 pm

The Black Cats travel to Sincil Bank for the first leg this Wednesday before playing the return game in front of 10,000 fans at the Stadium of Light the following Saturday.

If they win, they will secure a second trip to Wembley this season and a third in the past three campaigns.

Here, though, we take you through all of the latest news and talk from around the web and any stories that you may have missed today:

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Dion Sanderson of Sunderland reacts during the Sky Bet League One match between Accrington Stanley and Sunderland.
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Kevin Phillips drops interesting transfer verdict on Dion Sanderson

Former Sunderland striker Kevin Phillips has delivered his verdict on Dion Sanderson’s chances of signing for the Black Cats.

The central defender, on loan from Wolves, cemented himself as one of Lee Johnson’s first defenders before suffering a season-ending injury and will miss the play-offs.

"He was a shining light for Sunderland prior to the injury. He has shown that he has great qualities. I’m sure he will be a top defender.

“I could tell straight away that he likes being at the club. When I did the EFL Trophy final he was up in the box and I could hear him shouting and getting behind the team.

“He clearly likes the club and feels comfortable in the North-East.

“If Sunderland were to go up and could afford him it sounds like he would be happy to sign. It is a very good sign for the club in regards to signing him this summer.”

Sunderland ready to hijack Aberdeen deal for centre-back

According to the Daily Record, Sunderland are said to be ready to hijack a deal for Clark Robertson.

However, some reports have suggested that 27-year-old defender is on the verge of a return to Aberdeen.

It has been stated that Robertson was meeting up with Aberdeen manager Stephen Glass this week or at the start of next week to discuss the move.

Indeed, Robertson’s contract is due to expire in the summer and he looks set to depart Championship club Rotherham United.

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