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Everton & Sunderland Keen On Swedish Full-Back

Goodison Park and Stadium of Light sides scout young Elfsborg wide-man.

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Everton and Sunderland are interested in signing highly-rated Elfsborg fullback Johan Larsson this summer, according to Dutch source Boerenmacht.

Quoting Sport Bladen the Swedish defender has attracted interest from teams all across Europe this summer, as Elfsborg look to cash in on their talented young defender. Premier League sides Everton and Sunderland have both registered their interest in Larsson, after having scouts watch him this past season, and are preparing a bid.

The 23-year old, capped at youth international level with the Swedish U21 side, has made over 100 appearances for Elfsborg in the Allsvenskan, and has become a hot commodity. Ditch sides PSV Eindhoven, AZ Alkmaar and FC Groningen have all watched Larsson in the past few months, along with Everton & Sunderland, who face a battle to sign the defender.

Sunderland manager Paolo Di Canio is desperate to bring in another right back this summer, after seeing a deal to sign highly-rated Velez Sarsfield and Argentina right back Gino Peruzzi fall through last month due to a failed medical. Everton are also keen to bring in defensive reinforcements, following the retirement of versatile defender Phil Neville.

With a number of European clubs tracking his progress, parent club Elfsborg may be forced to sell the talented defender this summer if a large enough offer were to come in. Larsson has stated he is aware there is interest in him from foreign clubs, but is fully committed to Elfsborg at this stage in his career.

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