Sunderland Echo writer Phil Smith has provided an update on Sunderland’s potential move to bring in Danny Graham this summer.
Approaching the new season, Black Cats boss Phil Parkinson is desperate to bring a new striker to bolster his attack options ahead of what he hopes will be a promotion winning season.
Ending a four-and-a-half year stay at Ewood Park, the experienced striker who is valued at £428,000 by Transfermarkt would seemingly come in and make an impact at the Stadium of Light given his scoring record in English football, with 169 strikes to his name.
Speaking of his potential arrival, Smith said in his latest Q&A with Sunderland Echo:
“Parkinson has been clear in confirming his interest, referencing Graham’s record in League One and the Championship.
“He’s also been clear right from the start and right up until he last spoke on Tuesday that there were other targets still in play.
“I imagine finances are key, particularly in light of the cap.
“Sunderland will be aware that the striking addition is likely to be the biggest in terms of finances and that is probably one of the reasons we’re seeing extra caution taken before any commitments are made.
“My gut instinct is that the will be the deal, whoever comes in, that dictates what happens in other positions.”
Both Will Grigg and Charlie Wyke struggled last season to find consistent form but both have been in good form over pre-season so far for the Wearside club.
A striker addition needs to arrive. That is simple, but it does seem Phil Parkinson is dragging his feet and undecided on who that new addition could be.
Danny Graham has plenty of experience but Parkinson could have his eye on a more youthful option, who would perhaps cost less. What is sure is that he is certainly one of the players under consideration, as confirmed by Smith.
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