SUNDERLAND and Hull City are working together to ensure misfit striker Danny Graham is playing first-team football by the end of the January transfer window.
And having had a firm offer from Bolton Wanderers for the Tynesider’s services already, Sunderland are just waiting to see whether Nottingham Forest and other Championshiip clubs firm up their interest before deciding, with the player, what the next step will be.
Graham was deemed surplus to requirements at the Stadium of Light last summer after failing to score in 13 appearances following his £5m transfer from Swansea City a year ago.
He departed on a season-long loan to Hull City where it took him 14 games to break his duck for the Tigers.
And with Hull having signed Everton’s Nikica Jelavic and West Brom’s Shane Long, Graham is now surplus to requirements at the KC Stadium.
The onus is on Hull rather than Sunderland to find Graham a new club because the forward is contracted to the Humberside outfit for the rest of the season.
But Sunderland want the best for someone who remains a Black Cats’ player in the grand scheme of things and would prefer to have him in the shop window rather than languishing on Hull’s bench or playing Development Squad football.
Graham’s career may have hit the skids in the Premier League after two moderately successful seasons at Swansea. But his record at Championship level is impressive – scoring 27 goals for Watford in the 2010-11 season prior to his move to the Swans.
Bolton boss Dougie Freedman is desperately keen to bring in a player he feels will be able to get on the end of the chances his struggling side are creating.
But it is likely he will have to be patient and hope promotion-chasing Nottingham Forest do not make a more attractive offer.
Hull’s priority is to offload a player who they no longer need and whose sizeable wages they are still helping to pay.
Sunderland’s priority is to have the striker playing regular first-team football in order to progress his career. But ultimately, Graham will have the decision over which Championship club he prefers to join if others come in for him.