Sunderland striker set to join Hull on loan

Sunderland’s Danny Graham appears to be on on the verge of a season-long loan deal to Premier League newcomers Hull City.

After a barren spell in the north-east following a mid-season move from Swansea, it appears the 27-year-old does not feature in manager Paolo Di Canio’s plans for the forthcoming season.

His £5million move from the Welsh club saw the Englishman fail to score in 13 appearances.

He could however join up with an-ex Sunderland boss in Steve Bruce who is on the lookout for a front man following the failure of Burnley’s Charlie Austin to secure a deal after failing his medical for The Tigers.

Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail: “There’s lots and lots of players and it’s always wrong for me to talk about them, but Graham is someone where there’s been a bit of interest.

“He hasn’t had the best of times in the north-east but he’s a very, very good player. Whether it’s possible, who knows? It’s something that we’re looking at but we haven’t done anything just yet.”

Graham started his career at Middlesbrough in 2003 and made 15 appearances and scored once for the club.  However his stay there was littered with a litany of loan moves including Darlington, Derby County, Leeds United, Blackpool and Carlisle United.

The loan move to Carlisle became a permanent one when he signed a two-year deal in the summer of 2007.

His two year stint at Brunton Park was a relatively successful one, netting 29 times in 89 appearances for The Cumbrians.

Carlisle were unable to persuade the striker to sign a new contract and in July of 2009 the 5ft 11in player signed for Watford.  He finished his first season at Vicarage Road as top scorer with 14 league goals.

In January the following year {2012-11 season} Graham equaled a club record for The Hornets, scoring in seven consecutive matches.

He went on to finish off the season in prolific fashion and scored 24 goals in the league and went in to be voted both player of the season for his club and named in the PFA Championship team of the year.

After rejecting a bid from QPR for £2.5million, Watford ultimately accepted a £3.5million bid from Swansea City and Graham completed his move in June 2011.  A decent top flight return of 15 goals in 54 appearances wasn’t enough for the player to wish to remain at the club were he saw his opportunities decreased as one of last seasons biggest success stories, Michu, comprehensively secured the teams sole striking position.  Graham’s reduced role saw the player wish for a leave which was granted when he joined Sunderland on a three-and-a-half-year contract for £5million.

But with that move not having produced the results expected, a fresh start on  loan to Hull could be just what the player needs to kick-start a good vein of goal scoring form.

Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.