According to a claim in the Swedish media, IFK Gothenburg could be forced to sell goalkeeper Pontus Dahlberg when the transfer opens in January.

The 18 year old has been linked with a move to Everton and Sunderland, and these latest developments will give the two English sides encouragement.

Footboll Dieckt report IFK could look to offload Dahlberg in the next window, as the Swedish side need to balance the books. IFK have already put into effect cost cutting measures, but it seems this hasn’t been enough.

Subsequently the club will now look to sell Dahlberg for 25m Krona (£2.3m) in the January winnow, and Sunderland and Everton are monitoring the situation.

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Dahlberg’s agent has also confirmed there are clubs showing an interest in his client, but he didn’t go as far name them: “There is a lot of interest in Pontus. I have said that before and it’s obvious he’s being followed by many clubs.”

Throughout the last window Everton were linked with Dutch goalkeeper Eloy Room due to the uncertainty over the future of Joel Robels at Goodison Park. Robels has been linked with a return to Spain in recent months, and with Room eventually signing for PSV, Dahlberg could be an option for Ronald Koeman.

Sunderland could too be looking to bolster their goalkeeping options in the new year, after Jordan Pickford signed for Everton in the summer. Dahlberg already has first team experience with IFK, and could be a good long term signing for Sunderland.