CHAMPIONSHIP outfit Brentford have pulled the plug on a loan move for Sunderland frontman Danny Graham.
The Bees were expected to pip interest from several Championship outfits to sign Graham on loan until January, with Sunderland picking up the majority of the tab for the 29-year-old’s wages.
But Brentford are understood to have pulled out of the move yesterday - leaving Graham still lingering down Sunderland’s pecking order at the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland remain keen to offload Graham - who spent last season out on loan at Hull and then Middlesbrough - with the £5million man fourth choice among Gus Poyet’s strikers.
But Poyet pledged earlier this month not to freeze Graham out of proceedings, with the former Swansea striker an unused substitute on three occasions in the Premier League this season.
And with Sunderland continuing to assess the foot injury suffered by fellow frontman Steven Fletcher in last weekend’s defeat to Arsenal, Graham at least provides some cover for Poyet.
Meanwhile, Sunderland defender Santiago Vergini has been left out of the Argentina squad for next month’s internationals.
Vergini earned a second cap for his country in this month’s friendly against Hong Kong after being recalled to the international fold by his former Newell’s Old Boys manager and new Argentina boss Gerardo Martino.
But with Martino experimenting prior to next summer’s Copa America, Vergini will not play a part in the friendlies against Portugal and Croatia.
That won’t be unwelcome news for Poyet after Vergini scored a spectacular own goal in the 8-0 rout at Southampton, following his return from Argentina’s game in the Far East four days earlier.