Sunderland boss Phil Parkinson is interested in signing Danny Graham on a free transfer this summer, according to a report from The Sun on Sunday (26/7; page 63).
The Black Cats are gearing up for their third campaign in League One this summer. And it appears that Parkinson is looking to a familiar face to the club’s supporters ahead of his first full season at the helm.
The Sun on Sunday (26/7; page 63) reports that the manager is keen on bringing Graham back to the Stadium of Light.
The 34-year-old is a free agent after leaving Blackburn Rovers following the conclusion of the Championship season this week.
TBR View: Graham move may not excite Sunderland supporters
It would perhaps be a surprise if the links with Graham captured the imagination of the Sunderland fans.
He went into this past season having scored 27 Championship goals across the previous two campaigns. However, he only scored four times in 38 league appearances this past year – admittedly he started just 14 times.
He is also a player who did not boast the best record from his first spell at Sunderland. Graham scored one goal in 37 Premier League appearances following a £5 million move earlier in his career (via BBC Sport).
Of course, Sunderland are now playing at a lower level. And it would be foolish to write Graham off if he did join the Black Cats.
But it does appear to have the potential to be an underwhelming move if Graham – who will be 35 by the time the club play their next competitive fixture – signs.