Sunderland AFC transfer news: Cats eye Swedish ace, youngsters win praise, Duncan Watmore on Anfield miss

Sunderland manager David Moyes

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The January transfer window is just around the corner and Sunderland have been linked with a move for another Swedish starlet.

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Falkenberg youngster Jesper Karlsson has attracted the attention of Black Cats scouts as they look to keep tabs on some of the brightest young talent in Scandanavia.

Sunderland signed Swdish duo Joel Asoro and Oscar Krusnell last summer, with Asoro in particular rising quickly to prominence, having featured for the first team already this season despite being just 17.

Karlsson is the latest teenager to catch the eye.

The 18-year-old forward is being tracked by a number of clubs in Sweden, including Elfsborg, while Manchester United and Brighton & Hove Albion have also been linked with a move for him.
Meanwhile, Sunderland's younger players have won praise from Under-23 coach Andy Welsh.

Welsh believes Sunderland’s young players posses the right mentality and character as they build towards their next big test.

The coach’s U23 side are next in action at Wolves on Monday night in the last 32 of the Checkatrade Trophy.

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And finally, Duncan Watmore has been reflecting on his miss against Liverpool last weekend.

With the score goalless, a heavy touch took him away from goal, with Liverpool clearing the ball. The Reds went on to win 2-0.

"It was a very good chance and we worked hard to get that chance, and I’d have loved to have scored it," said the wide player.

"But you have to make sure it doesn’t play on your mind, and instead concentrate on improving your own game so that next time you do take that chance when it comes along.

"When you’ve got someone like JD in the team, he’s not a bad person to learn from because finishing is his game.

"I definitely need to improve in that respect and that’s what we do on the training pitch."

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