Sunderland youngsters interesting Wigan and Northampton

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Wigan Athletic are keeping tabs on Sunderland full-back Tommy Robson, with a view to a possible loan move.

Robson has been on the fringes of the Sunderland squad over the last 12 months, with the left-back training with the first-team during both Gus Poyet and Dick Advocaat’s tenures.

Northampton Town are understood to be considering a loan move for striker Mikael Mandron

Scouts from League One Wigan watched Robson during Sunderland Under-21s’ win over Norwich City on Sunday and it is understood that the Latics are considering a loan move for the 19-year-old.

But Robson - who is yet to make a competitive appearance in his career - is not the only member of the U21 squad in demand.

Northampton Town are understood to be considering a loan move for striker Mikael Mandron, who netted a brace during the 3-1 win over the Canaries.

Mandron has been prolific at U21 level, yet has struggled to make his mark during loan spells in the Football League with Shrewsbury and Fleetwood.

However, since the arrival of Lee Congerton as sporting director, Sunderland have been far more selective over loan moves for their youngsters.

There is a feeling that those in the U21 squad often progress more at the Academy of Light than during unproductive loan spells, with Mandron a case in point.

Sunderland may be more willing to sanction loan exits for Mandron and Robson, who are not on the verge of forcing their way into the first-team picture.

But it is understood that Duncan Watmore and Tom Beadling - who have both been training with Advocaat’s squad since the summer - will not be allowed out on loan at this stage.

Watmore, who missed Sunderland’s opening day defeat at Leicester through injury, has impressed Advocaat on the training ground over recent weeks and is hopeful of being involved for the first-team - potentially in the early stages of the Capital One Cup.

Likewise, centre-half Beadling has been told that he could be given an opportunity in the first-team this season.