Report: Sunderland join Southampton in the race for Scotland youth international

Sunderland Fans

Sunderland have reportedly entered the race for Dundee forward Craig Wighton.

Sunderland are interested in signing Craig Wighton from Dundee, according to a report in the Shields Gazette.

Wighton has already been linked with Southampton in the Daily Mail, but it seems that Sunderland have also joined the race for his signature. 

The 17-year-old is regarded as one of the finest prospects in the Scottish Premiership and his form for Dundee this year has shown his potential.

Wighton has made 10 appearances for Dundee's first team, notching once, and it seems that some Premier League clubs have been alerted to his talents.

Wighton's ability has been known to Dundee for some time and he was actually handed his first-team debut as a 16-year-old. 

The disparity of wealth between the English and Scottish games means that any highly rated prospect is easily snatched by sides south of the border though, and Sunderland should have no problem paying the asking price for the front man, which the Daily Mail says is £200,000.

Sunderland have been looking to utilise the Scottish market better, according to the Chronicle, and Wighton's arrival would be the first step to making these plans a reality. 

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