Long-time Sunderland target Johan Larsson open to winter move

Sweden international Johan Larsson would be open to a move abroad this winter after impressing at Elfsborg in recent seasons.

Long-time Sunderland target Johan Larsson has revealed that he is open to leaving current club Elfsborg this winter.

Larsson, 24, has been linked with a move to the Black Cats since last season after impressing in the Swedish top-flight, with Premier League rivals Everton also named as potential suitors, along with a host of Eredivise clubs.

The emerging right-back won the league’s Defender of the Year award this past season after captaining his side to a fourth-place finish while scoring an impressive eight goals in 30 games, and would be keen on converting his recent form into a high-profile move abroad.

“My ambition as a player is always to take the next step,” he told national newspaper Expressen. “However, it is still possible that it takes place in Elfsborg. A lot can happen there, too.

“As it is, I belong to Elfsborg and will soon go on the January tour with the national team.”

Turkish giants Besiktas have also emerged as a potential destination for Larsson in recent weeks, but it remains to be seen what kind of fee Elfsborg would demand for his signature.

The one-time capped Sweden international still has another 12 months left on his current deal, but Sunderland should have the spending power to lure him to the Premier League if a potential approach is made.

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