Sunderland have completed the signing of Spanish midfielder Jordi Gomez, who will arrive at the Stadium of Light on a three-year deal after he leaves Wigan Athletic on July 1.
The Latics’ player of the year after scoring 11 goals for the Championship outfit, Gomez will join fellow Black Cats recruit Billy Jones on Wearside next season.
However, one player who wants to leave Sunderland is David Moberg Karlsson, according to his agent. The Swedish U19 international joined the Black Cats in a £1.5million move from IFK Gothenburg last summer, signing a four-year contract.
But despite making an early impression with a goal against Tottenham during pre-season, in the Premier League Asia Trophy in Hong Kong, the 20-year-old failed to make an impact at the Stadium of Light.
He made just a single first-team appearance, starting the 4-2 Capital One Cup victory over MK Dons in August, when he was replaced by Charis Mavrias on 65 minutes.
A three-month loan spell at Kilmarnock then saw him make only four appearances for the Scottish Premiership side. And with Gustavo Poyet and sporting director Lee Congerton planning sweeping changes at the Wearside club this summer, Moberg Karlsson’s agent Per Jonsson has suggested his client – who wants a permanent move, rather than another loan – is seeking a club that better appreciates his attacking ability.
“What David wants is to find a club that would have him as they see him, as the offensive player he is,” said Jonsson, also Sebastian Larsson’s representative.
“The problem lies in that Sunderland must take a loss. They do not want to sell him out (cheaply). Of course, he is expensive. What he’s worth, I would not go into.
“But if you buy a sofa for 10,000 Krona you do not put it out for 300 Krona a few weeks later. Everything is in Sunderland’s hands.
“We can get a loan, but we’re not so keen on it. I do not think David wants to be loaned again.
“We want to find a permanent solution so David gets peace and quiet for a while.”
Jonsson added: “He wants lira. However, no Italian club is interested in David when they have not seen him play senior football. He needs a league where he gets space, football that suits him.”