Sanderson has been a star performer under Lee Johnson with the Black Cats pushing for automatic promotion.
Indeed Johnson has recently described the 21-year-old defender as 'an absolute Rolls Royce of a player'.
His performances have attracted interest from Brighton and Brentford, with the defender rated around the £2million mark.
The stunning £975m market values of Championship squads this season and where Sunderland rank alongside Sheffield United, Middlesbrough and co
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The Daily Mail report: “Sunderland hope their status, plus the relationship Sanderson enjoys with Johnson, means they will be at the forefront of any decision the youngster makes but his rapid improvement as a centre-back in what is a demanding league means there is plenty of competition.”
Sunderland are chasing automatic promotion and face Joey Barton’s Bristol Rovers away on Saturday in League One.
Sunderland drew 1-1 with fellow promotion rivals Lincoln City last weekend at the Stadium of Light ahead of another crunch weekend.