Sunderland Echo pundit Phil Smith has given his opinion on Sunderland’s reported interest in Danny Graham.
As Black Cats manager Phil Parkinson looks to improve his squad options for next season after failing to gain promotion to the Championship, Graham has been touted for a potential move to the club.
One area in particular that Parkinson is seemingly desperate to improve is in attack, having been unable to find a consistent goalscorer over the last 12 months with both Charlie Wyke and Will Grigg struggling.
Graham is available on a free transfer having left Blackburn Rovers after a four-and-a-half year stay at Ewood Park.
“He is a player who is being considered, though at this stage there are a number of players in that category.
“Parkinson has brought in Aiden O’Brien, who likes to play through the middle, but he still wants another striker.
“It’s not an easy position to fill as Grigg and Wyke are good earners at this level.
“Graham is a similar profile to Wyke and so you can see why he has been flagged up as a potential addition.
“Again, it’s about working out who fits the bill both in terms of the football and now, the finances.
“It remains to be seen whether Graham is one who does.”
Sunderland’s interest in Graham has reportedly been matched by Ipswich Town, with East Anglian Daily Times reporting that Paul Lambert is keen on the striker, who has amassed 169 goals during his career in English football.
Smith’s comments that Graham “is a similar profile” to Wyke could be a concern, given that the latter scored just six times in 30 games last season.
Also, as the Sunderland Echo pundit stated, both he and Grigg are “high earners” at the Stadium of Light, so Parkinson will need to cut his cloth accordingly to ensure that anyone he signs will not leave the Black Cats’ budget overstretched, particularly with the new EFL salary cap regulations.
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