Sunderland bring more firepower to the Stadium of Light.
Sunderland have completed the signing of Swansea City forward Danny Graham for the reported fee of £5 million.
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The 27 year-old Englishman struggled to secure first team football at the Liberty Stadium this season thanks to the sensational form of Spanish star Michu, who has excelled both up front as a solo striker and just behind the attacking line.
His twelve goals in 36 Premier League appearances for the Swans last season were vital in helping them not only avoid a relegation battle – but also to a fine mid-table finish.
Graham signs a three and a half year deal at the Stadium of Light, and will likely partner Steven Fletcher up front for the Black Cats.
“As soon as I heard about the interest from Sunderland I didn’t even have to consider any of the other options that were on the table,” Graham said to safc.com.
“I was born and brought up in the north east so I know first-hand the intense passion that people have for their football in this part of the world – it’s special and there’s nowhere else like it.”
Graham confirmed hopes to win over the fans, as being born in Gateshead he grew up a supporter of arch rivals Newcastle United.
“Of course, I totally understand that some fans might need convincing about my commitment to Sunderland because of my roots, but I’ve always given 100% no matter what team I play for and no matter who I play against,” added Graham.
“It’s up to me to show people I deserve to wear the Sunderland shirt and I’m excited about playing for a club as big as this.
“I’m really excited about the future – this is a new phase of my career and I can’t wait to get started.”
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