Sunderland are continuing to focus on the Scandinavian market as a source for new recruits.
The Black Cats have been keeping tabs on youngsters in Norway and Sweden over the last year and acted on those scouting missions by adding promising youngsters Oscar Krusnell and Joel Asoro to the Under-18 squad during the summer.
And after sealing deals for the Swedish pair, Sunderland remain on the look-out for promising talent, with scouts present for Malmo Under-19s’ win over Real Madrid in the UEFA Youth League earlier this week.
Sunderland were one of three Premier League clubs in attendance, alongside Chelsea and Everton.
Since the appointment of ex-Everton head of academy recruitment Danny Philpott as assistant academy manager a year ago, Sunderland have been making an increased effort to land talented youngsters from across Europe for their Category One academy and boost the club’s chances of developing homegrown players.
Sunderland beat off attention from a host of European heavyweights to land Asoro on a four-year deal from Brommapojkarna, with football observers in Sweden tipping the striker for a big future.
And the Black Cats then agreed a two-year scholarship for left-back Krusnell after reaching a deal with AIK for the Sweden Under-16 international.
They joined first-team pair and fellow Swedes Seb Larsson and Ola Toivonen at the Stadium of Light.