Sunderland have continued their recruitment of young talent by landing Swedish Under-16 international Oscar Krusnell.
The Black Cats have agreed a deal with Swedish side AIK to bring left-back Krusnell to Wearside for a two-year scholarship with the Under-18s.
Krusnell has played for the AIK U21 side this season, plus trained with the first-team, and is the second Scandinavian to sign for the Black Cats U18s this summer.
Krusnell – represented by the same agent as Sunderland midfielder Seb Larsson – has played for the AIK U21 side this season, plus trained with the first-team, and is the second Scandinavian to sign for the Black Cats U18s this summer.
Striker Joel Asoro has arrived on a four-year deal from Brommapojkarna after attracting clubs across Europe.
The pair represent an increased effort from Sunderland to land talented youngsters from across Europe for their Category One academy and boost the club’s chances of developing homegrown players.
Ex-Everton head of academy recruitment Danny Philpott arrived at Sunderland last November, charged with a similar remit to the one he enjoyed on Merseyside, where he helped to bring through the likes of England midfielder Ross Barkley.
Assistant academy manager Philpott has been focusing on prospects in Norway and Sweden since then, with Asoro and Krusnell the results of that search.
Sunderland have also been looking at the domestic market too, with goalkeeper Cameron McCulloch and striker Josh Maja joining the club’s U18 set-up this summer after successful trial spells.
Manchester City decided to release the pair at the end of last season, but after Sunderland took a closer look at them, they were sufficiently impressed to bring them to the Academy of Light.
Goalkeeper McCulloch, 16, caught Sunderland’s eye while playing against them for City and represented the Black Cats Under-17s at the Future Champions Cup, in South Africa, in March.
Striker Maja, who was turning out on trial for Sunderland’s U16s side, had been formally registered with Fulham, even though he was playing for City.
But when City decided not to offer the England U16 international a scholarship, Sunderland made an agreement with Fulham for his move.