Sunderland manager Phil Parkinson has said that a decision over the potential signing of Danny Graham could come next week.
Black Cats boss Parkinson is seemingly keen to bolster his attacking options after failing to gain automatic promotion or even a play-off place last season.
Linked with a return to Sunderland, Graham has recently left Championship side Blackburn after his contract expired at Ewood Park. The experienced striker, who is valued at £428,000 by Transfermarkt, has 170 career goals to his name.
With The Sun’s Alan Nixon claiming that Graham was training with the Black Cats in a bid to prove his fitness, Parkinson has now said that a decision on a possible deal could be made next week.
“Danny’s a player we’ve spoken to, along with a number of other players in that position,” he told The Northern Echo. “There is an interest, as I’ve said already, and we’re working on that alongside another couple of things that could probably happen next week.”
Graham netted just one goal in 42 appearances for Sunderland between 2013 and 2016 and a potential return could be met with some reticence from fans.
If the Black Cats are to make a move for the veteran striker, they should act quickly with the new season fast approaching, and Parkinson will likely want to have him on board by the time they begin their League One campaign against Bristol Rovers next Saturday.
Graham’s potential move to Sunderland could hand them some much-needed experience and goals, but whether or not he can prove his fitness remains to be seen.
One thing is for sure, Parkinson needs to bring in a new goalscorer rapidly after the subdued returns from Will Grigg and Charlie Wyke last season.
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