Sunderland have completed the signing of young Swedish striker David Moberg Karlsson, according to Sky Sports.

The 19-year-old will join Paolo Di Canio at the Stadium of Light from IFK Gothenburg.

The Swedish club confirmed on their official website that the youngster will join the Black Cats subject to a medical.

It is reported that the fee will be around £1.5m for the teenager, who has represented his country at Under-17 and Under-19 level.

Karlsson travelled to Wearside yesterday to settle personal terms and it is believed he will complete his medical today with the deal being finalised within hours.

Gothenburg's sporting director Hakan Mild released a statement on the clubs official website confirming the transfer.

“It is obviously huge for David and IFK, and it is evidence of how well he has done," Mild said. “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.”

The young starlet began his career with IFK Mariestad before moving to Gothenburg in 2010. Last season he only made eight starts, scoring two goals.

Karlsson is expected to join Sunderland's development squad alongside fellow new signings Duncan Watmore from Altrincham and El-Hadji Ba from Le Havre as Sunderland look to build a squad for the future.


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