Graham completes Sunderland move
Danny Graham has completed a move to Sunderland today, the club have announced.
Graham, was expected to leave the Swans after handing in a transfer request earlier this month. A £5 million fee has been agreed for the transfer of the 27-year-old, who has made just 10 starts for Swansea this season, scoring three goals.
Graham arrived at the club from Watford in 2011, and notched 14 goals in his first season with the Welsh club. However, new signing Michu's impact at the Liberty Stadium has seen Graham's chances limited to primarily substitute appearances.
The signing may come as a surprise to some, after Graham came off the bench in Swansea's recent clash at Sunderland and was roundly booed by the home supporters. Graham has admitted to being a boyhood fan of Sunderland's arch rivals Newcastle, and was also remembered as making controversial comments about the Black Cats whilst we was still at Watford.
Graham talked of his happiness after the deal:
“As soon as I heard about the interest from Sunderland I didn't even have to consider any of the other options that were on the table,” he told safc.com.
“I was born and brought up in the north east so I know first-hand the intense passion that people have for their football in this part of the world – it's special and there's nowhere else like it.”
Graham leaves a team currently due to play a League Cup final at the end of the month for the Stadium of Light, where Sunderland are struggling this season, sitting in 16th and just 2 points outside the relegation. zone. Current Sunderland manager will hope that Graham can add some firepower and experience to a side that has won just 7 games and relies heavily on Steven Fletcher, who's notched 10 goals this season.
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