Wolves: Club eyeing Sunderland youngster

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Wolverhampton Wanderers are supposedly eyeing a transfer swoop for Sunderland’s young midfielder Daniel Neil.

According to Chronicle Live, the Old Gold are eyeing a move for the youngster who would be available for a ‘minimal fee’ in training compensation.

Reportedly, Nuno Espirito Santo’s outfit is not alone in their interest in signing the Black Cats’ 18-year-old middleman, though.

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As stated in the report, Newcastle United are also eyeing a swoop for the youngster, as are the reigning Scottish Premiership champions Celtic.

According to Football Insider, Leeds United are also interested in a move for the highly-rated academy player.

Their report states that while the fee would just be for his training and development costs, sealing the 18-year-old’s arrival would still set a buyer back a six-figure fee.

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While the midfielder is supposedly highly rated, he is yet to make an appearance for Sunderland’s first team so it is not entirely known if Neil can cut it at first-team level.

However, the 18-year-old player has been a regular for the Black Cats’ Under-23s who he has reportedly impressed for.

Neil has played 29 matches at Under-23 level for his North-East club after having been a regular goalscorer for the club’s Under-18s.

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According to Transfermarkt, Wolves currently only have four players capable of playing central midfield in their Under-23s, although others can play in defensive midfield.

Furthermore, only two of those players able to play in the centre of midfield have first-team squad numbers; those being Meritan Shabani and Taylor Perry.

So, if Wolves can secure the services of Neil from Sunderland for a ‘minimal fee’ in training compensation and he has first-team potential, it would certainly seem like a no-brainer for the Old Gold.

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