By Chris Young
SUNDERLAND’S pursuit of Danny Graham could be scuppered by Turkish interest in former Black Cats striker Kenwyne Jones.
Graham remains Sunderland’s number one target during the final week of the transfer window as Martin O’Neill looks to augment a strike force that has been depleted by the departures of Fraizer Campbell and Louis Saha.
But the Echo understands Graham is growing increasingly frustrated over the hold-up to his potential move to the Stadium of Light, which depends upon Swansea bringing in another striker to take his place.
Stoke frontman Jones is Swansea’s main target and the Welsh side have already seen a £3million rejected for the Trinidad international, with the Potters holding out for a figure closer to the £6m mark.
But it is now thought that a Turkish club have entered the race for Jones and the 28-year-old is receptive to the idea of leaving the Premier League.
That could impact on Sunderland’s bid to land Graham, with Swansea refusing to sanction the former Middlesbrough man’s exit before they can land a suitable replacement.
Both the Black Cats and Norwich have made formal bids for Graham, with the latter understood to have offered more for the 27-year-old.
But sources close to the Chester-le-Street-born frontman insist he wants to return to his native North East and is holding out for a move to the Stadium of Light.
Nothing is likely to be resolved until next week, with Sunderland not expecting any further imminent arrivals after the capture of Alfred N’Diaye and Kader Mangane – despite speculation yesterday linking them with a South American swoop.
But Sunderland are in need of fresh blood up front before Thursday’s 11pm deadline, with Steven Fletcher, Connor Wickham and Stephane Sessegnon the only available frontmen to O’Neill.
The Sunderland boss has been considering potential options at right-back, while he has again been linked with a move for Republic of Ireland winger Aiden McGeady, although Spartak Moscow’s reported £9m asking price would rule the Black Cats out of the running.
Meanwhile, rookie Sunderland midfielder Adam Reed has joined League One strugglers Portsmouth on loan.
As the Echo revealed earlier this week, Reed is one of the club’s academy of products who has been told he can leave the Stadium of Light and the 21-year-old will join Pompey on an initial month-long loan, which could be extended until the end of the season.
Portsmouth caretaker boss Guy Whittingham said: “Adam comes highly recommended by Kevin Ball, has played at this level before and will bring us plenty of energy.”