Sunderland AFC transfer news: Graham on 'very difficult' spell, Turkish midfielder linked, Brexit implications

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Former Sunderland AFC striker Danny Graham has lifted the lid on his 'very difficult' spell on Wearside.

The 30-year-old forward has joined Championship side Blackburn Rovers after his release from Sunderland at the end of last season.

Graham spent the second half of last season on loan at Ewood Park and he has now signed a permanent deal to remain in the North West.

Graham - who scored seven goals in 18 games for Rovers last season - netted just once in 41 appearances for Sunderland after arriving in a £5million move from Swansea three years ago.

But he is now relishing his new surroundings and Graham said new manager Owen Coyle and his relationship with the Rovers players and fans were all major factors in his decision to return.

"Obviously, the success I had at the end of last season was a massive part of it," Graham added.

"The gaffer has been on the phone five or six days in a row now to show how much he really wants me at this football club and what plans he's got for the club taking it forward, so I'm looking forward to working with him and getting back to see the lads and getting pre-season going.

"My loan spell here was everything I wanted. I've had a stop-start last three seasons, where I've never really played a full season and to come here, the gaffer said I'm going to play week-in and week-out if I'm fit and doing well, so the success I had at the back end of last season played a massive part and I can't wait to get going now.

"Obviously my time at Sunderland was very difficult and to come here and do well and the fans wanted me to come back played a massive part as well.

"It's a big football club, the gaffer has big plans for it and I’m just looking forward to getting the work done now.

"So it's nice to feel wanted, but most importantly I wanted to be here as well, so I'm delighted to get it done."

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Meanwhile, we have taken a look at what impact Brexit could have on Sunderland and the other 19 Premier League clubs when it comes to transfers, signing European players and youngsters from the Continent.

The Premier League were an ardent supporter of remaining in the European Union, with chairman Richard Scudamore very publicly arguing against the prospect of Brexit earlier this week.

Scudamore was adamant that leaving the EU would be hugely detrimental economically and all 20 Premier League clubs - including Sunderland - shared that stance.

Here are four question marks facing Sunderland and the entire Premier League:
And finally, Sunderland are reported to be among a number of Premier League clubs tracking Fenerbahce midfielder Ozan Tufan.

Everton and Southampton are also said to be monitoring the midfielder.

Tufan, who joined Fenerbahce from Bursaspor last season, has four years left on his contract.

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