Wolves may keep Sunderland striker Graham

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WOLVES could look to extend the loan stint of Sunderland striker Danny Graham into the New Year.

Graham penned an initial deal with the Championship outfit until December 31 last week after being limited to a single brief substitute’s outing for the Black Cats this season, following last year’s spells with Hull and then Middlesbrough.

The £5million man has been told he is able to leave Sunderland, with the 29-year-old fourth in Gus Poyet’s pecking order up front.

And while Wolves are unlikely to have the finances available to fund a permanent move for Graham in the January transfer window, Molineux boss Kenny Jackett has indicated that an extended loan spell is a possibility.

“Every loan is with a view to a longer term,” he said.

“We’ve seen Grant Holt (at Wigan and Huddersfield) and Glenn Murray (at Reading) come into the division and do very well.

“They’re 33 and 31 so he has some years on them.”

Wolves were one of a number of Championship clubs who held discussions with Graham’s agent earlier in the campaign, yet opted against making a move for the ex-Swansea striker.

But after on-loan Hull frontman Yannick Sagbo was sent back to the KC Stadium due to fitness issues, Wolves turned their attentions to Graham.

However, Jackett has confirmed that Sunderland are still picking up the tab for a portion of Graham’s lucrative Sunderland salary, which runs until the summer of 2016.

He said: “We’re paying a percentage of his wages. There is no loan fee.”

Despite a limited contribution for the Sunderland first-team, Graham impressed Black Cats boss Poyet with his attitude on the training ground and has been an unused substitute on five occasions in the Premier League.

He has also kept himself in shape, with Jackett ready to involve him in this weekend’s clash against Nottingham Forest.

“He’s ready to play and is very keen to play and that showed in his ‘mini’ medical,” added Jackett.

“He’s done all the fitness tests to make sure he could play beforehand because without a games record this season, that transition to first-team football can be difficult.

“His fitness was very good. He’s played Under-21 football and behind-closed-doors games.

“Our physios and fitness people were very confident to take him.

“Us giving him this opportunity I think will kick-start his career.”

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