Gothenburg want Sunderland’s Karlsson back

David Moberg Karlsson.

David Moberg Karlsson.

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SUNDERLAND winger David Moberg Karlsson is wanted by former club IFK Gothenburg.

But the 20-year-old wideman is not keen to return to his homeland and it remains to be seen whether a deal can be struck over the next few days.

The Swedish League season is currently in full swing with Gothenburg sitting just above mid-table but only four points behind second spot with a dozen games played.

They are keen to push on and Moberg Karlsson is seen as a potentially shrewd reinforcement by the club’s sporting director, Mats Gren.

Although the attacker has made no impact in English football since his move to Sunderland last summer, he was a useful player for his old club who would like to take him back on loan.

The young winger (pictured) played 30 times for the Scandinavian side between 2010-13, scoring two goals, before his surprise £1.5million move to Sunderland.

Although the Swedish Under-19 international was a prospect, eyebrows were raised in his homeland that the Black Cats’ former director of football, Roberto Di Fanti, paid so much money and that the inexperienced Moberg Karlsson should move straight to a Premier League outfit.

That scepticism seems to have been well-placed with the winger enduring a miserable debut season in England and unable to make a dent on Sunderland’s first-team squad despite catching the eye with a pre-season goal against Spurs in the Barclays Premier League Asia Trophy last July.

He played in only game for the Wearsiders last season – the 4-2 win over MK Dons at the Stadium of Light which kick-started the Capital One Cup run to Wembley.

But even though that game was won by Sunderland, when Moberg Karlsson was substituted in the 65th minute, the Black Cats were 2-0 down and in serious danger of crashing out at the hands of the League One outfit.

Boss Paolo Di Canio never used the Swede again and, after making no impression on caretaker boss Kevin Ball or new head coach Gus Poyet, the winger was farmed out on loan to Scottish Premier League side Kilmarnock in the January transfer window.

It was an opportunity to make an impression, but the task proved beyond him and he was involved in only four games for Allan Johnston’s men before the end of the season.

Now, Gothenburg want to offer him the opportunity to get games under his belt, revive his reputation and rebuild his confidence.

The Echo understands, though, that Moberg Karlsson is apparently reluctant to return to Sweden at this stage of his career.

Last summer, he told the Echo, after the Asia Trophy, that his ambition was to be involved in Premier League games for Sunderland by the end of his debut campaign.

And it may be that after a disappointing opening season at the Stadium of Light, the winger is hoping for a fresh start on Wearside and a second shot at that ambition, or even to go on loan to a British club.

But, as things stand, he is not part of Poyet’s plans and the winger might be persuaded it makes sense to return to Gothenburg to get first-team competitive games under his belt now, rather than return to pre-season with Sunderland’s development squad.

Should no move go ahead in the next few days, then the Swede will return to Sunderland along with a number of team-mates who face similarly uncertain futures, including Modibo Diakite, Alfred N’Diaye, Danny Graham and Cabral.