The Paolo Di Canio recruitment drive has continued at Sunderland with the signing of Sweden under-19 winger David Moberg Karlsson.
The IFK Goteborg midfielder has joined on a four-year contract and will initially join the development squad next season as Di Canio continues to add pace and youthful vigour to a squad that he wants to have much more cutting edge next term.
The Black Cats want to be able to delve into the development squad for players for their Premier League campaign next season, so Karlsson will be used in pre-season and will get plenty of opportunities to impress.
Sunderland are understood to be tracking two more additions to the development squad, including another player from France.
They have already snapped up El-Hadji Ba from Le Havre and Duncan Whatmore of Altrincham.
Karlsson does not boast a huge amount of experience but has played 28 times for Goteburg, including ten appearances in the current campaign.
The 19-year-old played for IFK Mariestad before joining Goteborg, who play in Allsvenskan – the top level of Swedish football.
Goteborg sporting director Hakan Mild said: “It is obviously huge for David and IFK and that a club in one of the four major leagues in Europe choose to tie up one of our players is a testament to our business."
As Sunderland continue to add players, it appears certain that South Korea striker Ji Dong-Won is heading for pastures new – and he has been linked with a move to Borussia Dortmund.
The 22-year-old spent the end of last season in the Bundesliga with Augsburg and attracted interest from the Champions League finalists.
David Vaughan looks set for Crystal Palace, while there is interest from Paris Saint Germain and Marseille in Stephane Sessegnon.
Simon Mignolet’s move to Liverpool – which has stalled slightly over the £10million asking price – could get a boost from the Reds’ windfall from the Andy Carroll sale.
Meanwhile, former chairman Niall Quinn has said that he wishes the new structure at Sunderland success.
He said: “It’s obviously a new approach for Sunderland and I really wish them well and I hope it works great.
“There’s a new regime in there now and I really hope it works. It’s really curious – everyone is waiting to see how it works and there is something there.
“The manager Paolo Di Canio seems to be a very good coach and a very good organiser.
“Maybe what he needs is somebody to help him with the other stuff.
“The fact that it is a friend of his and his people in the background may work.
“There is the opposite at Newcastle it seems but you never know until it plays out. I really hope it works.”