Hull boss Bruce worried at Sunderland recalling Graham

LOAN RECALL? ... Danny Graham.
LOAN RECALL? ... Danny Graham.
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FORMER Sunderland boss Steve Bruce admits he’s concerned that the Black Cats could bring a premature end to Danny Graham’s loan spell at Hull City.

The Echo reported last week how Sunderland head coach Gus Poyet was keeping an open mind on whether to recall loan duo Graham and Alfred N’Diaye in the January transfer window.

Both departed on season-long stints during the summer and could be brought back to the Stadium of Light in January, albeit Sunderland would have to reach a financial agreement with their temporary employers who paid loan fees to sign the duo.

The likely prospect is that N’Diaye remains at Turkish side Eskisehirspor and Graham stays at Hull, with the latter continuing his barren spell at the KC Stadium, which has now stretched to 10 months without a goal.

But Hull manager Bruce says the Tigers have to be prepared for the possibility of Poyet bringing Graham back to Wearside after his predecessor Paolo Di Canio sanctioned the move.

Bruce said: “There’s a possibility Danny Graham could go back and there’s a possibility (fellow loanee) Jake Livermore could go back to Spurs too.

“That’s something I’ve got to live with. Gus Poyet rates Danny highly so I wouldn’t be surprised.

“That’s a concern and we have to be ready for it if it happens.”