Sunderland should play hard ball over Joel Asoro transfer, despite accepting £2m bid from Swansea

Joel Asoro of Sunderland reacts during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland at Loftus Road on March 10, 2018 in London, England.

The Championship club look set to sign the Black Cats youngster, but the Wearsider's should be demanding more for their Swedish star.

Joel Asoro (R) of Sunderland challenged by Leandro Bacuna of Reading during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sunderland and Reading at Stadium of Light on December 2, 2017 in...

Joel Asoro was one of Sunderland's shining lights in a dismal Championship campaign last season, when the Black Cats were relegated for the second time in as many season's. 

The 19-year-old looks set to move to Championship side Swansea City, after Sunderland accepted a bid of £2m for their Swedish forward earlier last week.

Sunderland look set to lose their striker and Jack Ross will be keen to bring in some attacking options, but the Black Cats should play hard ball and demand more than the £2m already agreed between themselves and the Welsh club.

Asoro ended last season with an excellent run of games, with the highlight of the youngster's season coming away to Fulham at Craven Cottage with a solo run ending with a goal from 25 yards. Sunderland lost the fixture 2-1 but Asoro's performance in South-West London sparked rumours of his exit.

The Stockholm born attacker has made 27 appearances in Sunderland's first team and has also had successful periods in the Under-23's.

The Swedish Under-21 player had even been previously linked to a number of top Premier League sides before Sunderland agreed to let the youngster go to Swansea.

Joel Asoro of Sunderland (C) is fouled by George Boyd of Burnley (R) during the Emirates FA Cup third round replay between Burnley and Sunderland at Turf Moor on January 17, 2017 in...

However, despite Asoro being a name that top clubs are well aware of, the Black Cats are still keen to let the player go for a fee of £2m - which in the modern-day transfer market is a small fee for such a talented youngster.

New owner Stewart Donald suggested players wouldn't play for the club if they don't wish to do so, which could suggest Asoro lacked desire to play for Sunderland in the third tier of English football.

And Donald's desire to move players on in order for Sunderland to progress is certainly something that fans on Wearside have welcomed with open arms, especially given their recent history of players allegedly not always playing for the club for the right reasons.

Joel Asoro of Sunderland controlls the ball under pressure from Osman Kakay of QPR during the EFL Cup Third Round match between Queens Park Rangers and Sunderland at Loftus Road on...

With Asoro's imminent departure, Jack Ross will be keen to bring in a number of new faces which can help with any potential promotion bid next season.

And if Sunderland decide to hold off on allowing Swansea to buy Asoro for a bargain, extra transfer funds for the youngster can be put towards bolstering 42-year-old Ross's current squad for one of Sunderland's biggest ever seasons. 

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