Sunderland AFC news: Outcast wants Serie A move, Graham keen to stay at Blackburn Rovers, Kaboul and Kone key

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Emanuele Giaccherini has confirmed he wants to make his loan move from Sunderland to Bologna permanent in the summer.

The 30-year-old Italian winger - who has also been linked with a move to Chelsea - returned to Italy last summer after falling out of favour under former boss Dick Advocaat.

Giaccherini has impressed in Serie A, scoring seven goals in 25 league appearances.

And he has told the Italian press he wants to stay in Italy.

"The market is only consequence of what I am doing on the field," he told Sky Sport Italia.

"I feel good at Bologna and I am happy.

"I would like to stay but we must wait for things to happen."

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Meanwhile, Sunderland striker Danny Graham is keen to make his move to Ewood Park permanent in the summer - but admits talks over his future have gone quiet.

Graham - who scored two goals for Blackburn Rovers on Saturday in the 2-2 draw with Bristol City - will leave the Stadium of Light in the summer when his contract expires.

Graham, who has scored six goals in 16 games for Rovers since joining on loan, told the Lancashire Telegraph: "It’s gone a bit of quiet on that front.

"I think the gaffer is trying to find out himself from the owners so I can’t really comment on that.

"Would I like to stay? Then yes. But it’s out of my hands at the moment.

"Blackburn took a chance on me when I wasn’t playing a lot up at Sunderland and a lot of people questioned my fitness.

"I had a tough few years with not scoring many goals and that might have put people off.

"But as soon as I walked in the door the gaffer said he knew what I was about and he knew that I could score goals.

"From the first minute it seems to have been a perfect fit."

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And finally, Lamine Kone hopes his central defensive partnership with Younes Kaboul can provide the foundations to keep Sunderland in the Premier League.

Sunderland have conceded just four goals in the six games that January signing Kone has started alongside Kaboul, with a clean sheet in yesterday’s Stadium of Light stalemate against Arsenal moving the Black Cats out of the relegation zone.

Kone told the Echo: "The partnership with Younes has started to work straightaway and we’re getting better and better.

"We obviously speak the same language, which perhaps makes things a bit easier.

"And we’re also working well with DeAndre (Yedlin) and Pat (van Aanholt). It’s important to operate as a whole unit.

"It was important for us to get clean sheets as quickly as possible and hopefully we can continue that."

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