Sunderland look to clinch deal for Swedish teenage striker

CATS MOVE ... for Swedish striker David Moberg-Karlsson.

CATS MOVE ... for Swedish striker David Moberg-Karlsson.

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SUNDERLAND were today hoping to push through a move for Gothenburg striker David Moberg-Karlsson.

The 19-year-old prospect was on Wearside undergoing a medical and hoping to finalise the final few details today ahead of a permanent move to the Stadium of Light, as Sunderland continue to recruit some of the best young players.

The Black Cats fended off interest from several clubs to bring in non-league star Duncan Watmore – scorer of 15 goals in 35 starts for Altrincham – in May.

And they also clinched the Bosman signing of France U20 player El-Hadji Ba of Le Havre last month.

Both will go into Kevin Ball’s U21 development squad as the Academy seeks to produce more stars of the future.

And joining them now is likely to be Swedish teenager Moberg-Karlsson a raw young player who Sunderland are convinced has enormous potential despite a modest first-team record so far.

The Black Cats are prepared to invest in the region of £1.5m for a player they believe could have a big future ahead of him in the game.

And that sort of money has persuaded IFK Gothenburg to let him go.

A team-mate of former Sunderland wide-man Tobias Hysen, the 5ft 10ins young Swede made eight starts last season, scoring two goals in a Gothenburg side which finished mid-table.

A Swedish U19 international, he started his career with IFK Mariestad, before quickly being picked up by Gothenburg.