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Youngster Claims Rebuffed Sunderland Interest

Were Sunderland taking a look at Ema Boateng before his summer move to Sweden? He reckons so, but it seems iffy to say the least.

Ghanaian starlet Ema Boateng has claimed that he rebuffed potential interest in Capital One Cup finalists Sunderland and Manchester City to push through a summer move to Helsingborgs IF.

The 20-year-old winger says he had invitations from the Premier League duo to join them on trail with the possibility of earning a contract, but he never gave them the chance once the Swedish club made more concrete overtures in his direction. He told the Evening Post:

All trips were booked but everything felt perfect in Helsingborg. I got to sample training and was offered a contract so I stayed and signed.

I did not know whether City and Sunderland would offer a contract and the transfer window was about to close so I did not dare take the chance.

Call me a bit of a skeptic if you want, but I'm not sure I buy it. It looks very much like a PR offensive in a 'look how much I want to be here' kind of message.

It's pretty clear that the difficulties in getting a work permit in England would have made a serious pursuit of him a pretty pointless one for a Premier League club who were looking to develop him as a prospect. His age doesn't exactly cream 'project' at you either.

Looks like there may be a little name-dropping going on to me.