Brentford move for Sunderland striker Graham collapses

Danny Graham (right)
Danny Graham (right)
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BRENTFORD’S bid to sign Sunderland striker Danny Graham on loan has fallen through, according to reports coming out of London today.

The Bees were looking to take Graham on a short-term deal until the January window, with the 29-year-old fourth in Sunderland’s pecking order of strikers.

But that move appears to have collapsed, with Graham now remaining at Sunderland, who suffered an injury scare to fellow frontman Steven Fletcher in Saturday’s defeat to Arsenal.

Sunderland have been looking to offload Graham ever since the £5million frontman returned to the Stadium of Light in the summer after he spent the second half of last season with Middlesbrough.

No-one met the Black Cats’ £1m valuation on Graham before the transfer deadline, while the subsequent approaches from the Championship have not been financially viable in terms of wages.

But despite head coach Gus Poyet including Graham in the first-team squad and handing him a late outing as a substitute in last month’s League Cup defeat to Stoke, Sunderland have still been willing to part company with the 29-year-old.

There is little prospect of Graham - under contract at Sunderland until the summer of 2016 – playing a more prominent role for the Black Cats.

But Sunderland’s attacking threat was again a concern in last weekend’s defeat against Arsenal, with the hosts failing to muster a meaningful effort on target.

Poyet admits Sunderland fell short going forwards, but says it is impossible to analyse the Black Cats’ performance without focusing on the individual mistakes which cost them.

When asked whether Sunderland’s goal threat was a concern, Poyet said: “If we didn’t cross the ball? Yes.

“If we didn’t try to go past people and get corners and things? Yes.

“But I always say there is an ability, a quality when you smell where the ball is going to drop. You need to be there.

“I knew that it would be a game where we needed to hold and take advantage of certain moments.

“We didn’t.

“But, on the other hand, the two goals we conceded killed us, which is the most important part of the game.”