Report suggests that Sunderland have been closely monitoring Swedish wonderkid

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Sunderland are reportedly tracking one of the most highly-rated youngsters in European football.

 Reports emanating from Sweden claim that Sunderland have been extensively scouting highly-rated Falkenberg youngster Jesper Karlsson, according to Swedish media outlet Fotboll Direkt.

The 18-year-old forward is one of the most highly regarded prospects in Scandinavia, and has also been drawing interest from Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion, according to Fotboll Direkt.

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Karlsson has already made 26 appearances for Falkenberg, and has scored seven goals - a rather impressive return for someone so young.

The report from Fotboll Direkt claims that Karlsson would cost the Black Cats between £500,000 and £700,000, should they decide to make a concrete move for the teenager.

The report from Fotboll Direkt also carries quotes from Falkenberg's sporting director Hokan Nilsson, who admitted that the club will not stand in the way, should Karlsson wish to leave:

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"So, the whole time I’ve been in Falkenberg we have never stopped anyone. If Jesper wants to leave we will not stand in the way but we need to be understood too and make the best deal possible. It is obvious.”

Whilst being linked with a player of Karlsson's incredible potential must be exiting for Sunderland fans, they will surely be looking to add more experienced, proven stars over the course of the January transfer window, in a bid to help them beat relegation to the Championship.

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