Sunderland striker Graham attracting Championship interest

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A QUEUE of Championship clubs are interested in taking Sunderland striker Danny Graham on loan.

Graham was again on the bench for Monday night’s victory at Crystal Palace, with the out-of-favour striker likely to remain among the substitutes for the threadbare Black Cats against Everton this weekend.

Last week, Brentford were hopeful of sealing a loan deal to sign Graham until January, before the Bees opted to pull out of the move.

But Sunderland boss Gus Poyet has revealed that Brentford are just one of a host of Championship clubs who have enquired about taking Graham on loan.

However, any loan approach needs to be acceptable financially for Sunderland, while the Black Cats can ill-afford to lose another body at present due to their injury problems.

Poyet told the Echo: “There are plenty of Championship clubs looking at him. Plenty.

“But I think everyone needs to be happy.

“Apparently he was going (to Brentford) and then it collapsed.

“The situation with Danny is a little bit unfair because (Steven) Fletcher has been so good in the last few weeks that he deserves to play.

“The problem has been finding a partner for him.

“It’s definitely not Danny because he’s more of a central striker.

“But depending on the numbers, he could be on the bench again or depending how we play.

“There are moments when you have so many injuries as well that you can’t let him go.”

With Lee Cattermole and Patrick van Aanholt joining fellow absentees Billy Jones, Emanuele Giaccherini, Ricky Alvarez and Sebastian Coates for this weekend’s visit of Everton, Poyet expects to include one or two members of the Under-21 squad on the bench.

Left-back Tom Robson, centre-half Tom Beadling and winger Duncan Watmore all trained with the first-team squad last week.

However, Poyet is wary about throwing the youngsters into the starting XI.

“We’re talking about whether it’s a good time to bring someone up from the U21s,” he said.

“We’re down to the bone in terms of defenders and with Lee suspended, there’s going to be a couple of kids on the bench.

“But in the positions I would consider (in the starting XI) there’s no-one ready yet.

“Last week Robbo trained with us and Duncan because we needed a winger and a defender.

“But you work depending on what you need and not for the sake of bringing up a player.