The Northern Echo has reported that League One side Sunderland are closing in on the signing of midfielder George Dobson from League Two outfit Walsall.

Walsall suffered relegation to League Two at the end of the 2018/19 season and look set to lose one of their star performers. Midfielder George Dobson is reportedly set to make a move back to League One with Jack Ross’ Sunderland, as the Scot prepares for another season in the third tier, hoping to better last season’s play-off final heartbreak.

Dobson, 21, was the star man in Walsall’s struggling side last season, captaining the side over the course of the season despite his tender years. The midfielder played in 44 games across all competitions last season, providing eight assists from the middle of the park.

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Should he complete a move to the Stadium of Light, Dobson will come in to provide competition for the Black Cats’ current crop of midfielders. Ross is looking to bring in a new man to play in the middle of the park after it was confirmed that Lee Cattermole had left the club upon the expiry of his contract.

Dobson started his career playing in the youth set-up at Arsenal before moving on to West Ham United, where he played for the club’s youth sides, earning a place on the Hammers’ bench for two Premier League matches in 2016. He spent the 2016/17 season on loan at Walsall and left the Premier League side to move to Dutch outfit Sparta Rotterdam in July 2017.

After just six months and five games for the Dutch club, Dobson returned to England, linking up with former loan club Walsall on a permanent basis. At the end of his first season back with the club, he helped fend off relegation by scoring a late winner against Northampton Town, one of his only two goals for the club.

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Since returning to Walsall, Dobson has taken his appearance total to 91, playing an important role in the Saddlers’ side. Now, with a move to Sunderland on the cards, it seems his second spell at the club is set to come to an end.

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