Romanian teenager on trial at Sunderland
Peter is mobbed by teammates after scoring for Romania at youth level. Photo source: tion.ro

Sunderland have handed a trial to Patrick Peter, according to Romanian publication Debanat.

The report states that the Black Cats took the "talented midfielder" to North America with them on their pre-season campaign after he attracted their interest.

Teenager has impressed

The 16-year-old, described as a left-footed, played for Sunderland in a practice match against USA Roma on Saturday morning and netted the only goal of the game as the English side won 1-0, as reported by Club Call.

Peter, who was on the books of Romanian side ASC Poli Timisoara - who have just won promotion back to the top tier, Liga I - will be assessed by Sunderland's coaching staff before they then decide whether or not to sign the player on a permanent basis.

He would become the second Romanian at the club, joining seemingly first choice goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon on Wearside, a man who has who has 20 caps for his country at the age of 28. He also started his career with Timisoara, making 115 apperances for the first team between 2006 and 2011 before moving to England to join Manchester City on a season-long loan - a temporary deal that would be made permanent the following year.

Poli Timisoara losing young talent

If a deal goes through, Peter will not be the first young Poli Timisoara player to leave the club this summer for an adventure in England either.

Vlad Dragomir, also 16-years-old, recently joined another Premier League outfit in Arsenal from Timisoara. The captain of Romania's under-16 team cost the Gunners £71,000, whilst goalkeeper Ionut Rus is also on trial at Nottingham Forest of the Championship and is being monitored by a number of other clubs in England too.

If signed, it is unclear whether or not Peter would be integrated into the first team immediately, though, give his small stature and raw talent, it seems more likely that he would join their youth sides.

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