The 19-year-old striker has agreed a transfer subject to medical but, like the newly acquired youngsters Duncan Watmore and El-Hadji Ba, he is regarded as one for the future and is not expected to be immediately drafted into the first team.
One first-team striker Di Canio covets is Udinese's Czech forward Matej Vydra, who scored 22 goals for Watford while on loan at the Championship club last season. Sunderland want the 21-year-old on another loan but Udinese are adamant they must sign him for £8m.
Vydra, though, seems keen on a move to Wearside. "To work with Paolo Di Canio would be a good thing," said his representative Ondrej Chovanec. "He wants to play fast, interesting football and I think he will end up as coach of one of England's top teams."
Meanwhile as Sunderland prepare to lose their goalkeeper Simon Mignolet to Liverpool for around £8m, they hope to raise further cash by selling Ji Dong-won, their unwanted South Korea striker, to Borussia Dortmund. Ji impressed German audiences while on loan at Augsburg last season and is valued at around £7m in Bundesliga circles.
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