Sunderland striker Graham’s loan departure gives Ji chance in Asia Trophy

Danny Graham fires in a shot for Sunderland at Tottenham in last season's final game.
Danny Graham fires in a shot for Sunderland at Tottenham in last season's final game.
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DANNY GRAHAM will undergo a medical at Hull City’s Portuguese training camp today after agreeing terms on a season-long loan deal with the Tigers.

January signing Graham was granted permission to leave Sunderland’s pre-season training camp in Italy earlier this week to hold discussions with newly-promoted Hull after the Black Cats sanctioned a loan for the £5million frontman.

Although the deal still needs to be formalised in Portugal today, the Echo understands it is now effectively a done one, with Graham already putting pen to paper on a move to the KC Stadium.

It brings the curtain down – albeit initially temporarily – on Graham’s stint at the Stadium of Light, just six months after the former Middlesbrough frontman arrived from Swansea City.

Graham failed to find the net in any of his 13 appearances for Sunderland last season and boss Paolo Di Canio was happy to sanction the 27-year-old’s departure this summer.

Ex-Sunderland manager Steve Bruce has come to Graham’s rescue after Hull were frustrated in their previous attempts to bolster their front-line during the window.

“We’re very close and we’re hopeful we can get it done before the weekend,” said Bruce yesterday.

“It looks as though there’s a deal to be done with Sunderland and that’s now in the hands of our chief executive.

“All the talks have been encouraging, but we’ll have to wait and see now. We hope we can get something done soon.

“As I’ve admitted, he’s a player I like and it would be a big boost to our squad to have someone like Danny join.”

Graham’s departure increases Sunderland’s chances of adding to their attacking options after already bringing in £6million American striker Jozy Altidore.

The Black Cats have made enquiries for both Manchester City’s John Guidetti and Udinese’s Matej Vydra.

But there is also a possibility that Ji Dong-won could be offered an olive branch by Di Canio.

Ji, who spent the final six months of last season at German side Augsburg, was widely expected to leave Sunderland this summer, with a cluster of Bundesliga sides interested in the South Korean, who has just a year remaining on his Black Cats contract.

But Ji is thought to have trained well with Sunderland in Italy and has been included in the Black Cats squad that will travel to Hong Kong tomorrow, for the Barclays Asia Trophy.