Sunderland in talks to sign Graham from Swansea

Martin O'Neill is confident of winning the race for the striker, who wants to leave the Liberty Stadium due to a lack of opportunities following Michu's arrival
By Wayne Veysey | Chief Correspondent

Sunderland are in talks to sign Danny Graham from Swansea City for £4.5million, understands.

Martin O’Neill has targeted the striker to take some of the goalscoring pressure off Steven Fletcher at the Stadium of Light.

25/1 Swansea are 25/1 with Bet365 to finish in the top six

Newcastle United, Norwich City and Reading are also challengers for Graham’s signature but Sunderland are believed to be the frontrunners.

The deal to take the 27-year-old back to his native North-East has progressed in the last 24 hours and Sunderland are confident of signing him this month.

Swansea have placed a £5m valuation on Graham but a fee is likely to be agreed at around the £4.5m mark.

Graham has been pushed down the Swans’ pecking order following the arrival of Michu last summer, who has made a huge impact at the club.

Although the former Watford forward has scored four goals in his last four games, he is understood to have a poor relationship with Michael Laudrup and wants to leave the club.

Swansea have targeted Kenwyn Jones of Stoke City as a replacement for Graham.

Follow Wayne Veysey on