Sunderland sign fans' hate-figure Graham for £5m
Danny Graham will join Sunderland today from Swansea for £5m. The 27-year-old centre-forward is expected to sign a three-and-a-half-year contract after the two clubs agreed a fee last night.
Graham will have a medical, which is expected to be a formality, at Sunderland's Academy of Light training complex today and is set to feature at Reading on Saturday.
The Gateshead-born forward is a Newcastle fan. He was jeered by Sunderland supporters when he came on as a 75th-minute substitute during Swansea's goalless Premier League draw at the Stadium of Light on Tuesday night over derogatory comments he made about Sunderland in an interview when he was a Watford player.
But Martin O'Neill believes the switch will not be a problem for a player who has scored 15 Premier League goals in the past two seasons since Swansea were promoted from the Championship. Swansea paid £3.5m to Watford for the striker in June 2011 and he has repaid that with 21 goals in all competitions since he moved to Wales.
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