Sunderland are set to take attacking midfielder Seok Jae Lee on trail following his departure from Portsmouth, a report from The Portsmouth News has claimed.
The 17-year-old came through the youth ranks at Portsmouth, and made two senior appearances for the club in the EFL Trophy last season.
The South Korean born teenager is said to have rejected an offer to extend his stay at Portsmouth into next season, and is now looking for another club.
It is thought that Lee has already failed to secure a deal with Brentford, and it now seems as though the attacking midfielder has a chance to secure his future with one of Pompey’s League One rivals.
According to this latest update, Lee is now set to link up with Sunderland’s development squad in pre-season, with the aim of earning a deal with the Black Cat’s Under 23s side for the 2021/22 campaign.
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If Lee if able to secure a contract with Sunderland, then his age means that Portsmouth will be entitled to a compensation fee for the teenager.
This could be a decent deal for Sunderland if they can get it done.
Portsmouth are likely to be one of the Black Cat’s rivals for promotion from League One next season, and it does seem as though they were keen to keep Lee at Fratton Park.
As a result, it could be something of a coup for Sunderland if they are to complete a deal for the teenager, in terms of snatching a potential asset from under the nose of a rival.
Indeed, the fact that Lee also made his senior debut for Portsmouth last season at the age of 17, suggests that he could be a player who may not be far of playing regular first-team football in the next few years.