Swansea manager Michael Laudrup admits uncertainty heading into final hours of the transfer window

Striker Danny Graham has been linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium

Swansea boss Michael Laudrup simply does not know how the final few hours of the winter transfer window will pan out.

Laudrup saw striker Danny Graham very nearly snatch victory at the death in what might prove to be his final game for the club at Sunderland, one of the clubs who have been chasing his signature for several weeks.

However, with tomorrow's deadline fast approaching, Laudrup, who declined to confirm whether or not Graham had asked to leave, insists he is not sure what will happen with either potential incomings or outgoings.

He said: "I really don't know. Sometimes when we are asked these questions, we have to be like politicians and avoid the answer.

"But in some part it's because we really don't know what is going to happen.

"We have already seen some examples during this January transfer window where other clubs have had players that were quite sure to go to one cub and then suddenly, they show up at a press conference with another shirt on.

"My answer to that is that when we answer - I think I can say 'we' for a lot of managers because we don't know 100% what is going to happen in transfer windows."

Graham, who was booed by sections of the Black Cats' fans when he replaced Leon Britton as a 74th-minute substitute, came closest to winning the game deep into injury time when he forced a match-saving block from defender Titus Bramble.

Up until that point, the visitors had enjoyed the better of the game, particularly in the first half, and could have been ahead with nine minutes remaining when Nathan Dyer side-footed wide from Michu's lay-off.

They might also have been awarded an early penalty for John O'Shea's challenge on striker Itay Shechter, although Laudrup was quick to absolve referee Andre Marriner of any blame.

He said: "From the bench when I saw it, it didn't seem like a penalty to me, but after I saw it on television, it did.

"But then again, it's so easy for us, isn't it? We have two, three, 10 times to see it and then we decide if it was or wasn't.

"The referee has only two seconds, so I am really not complaining."

Sunderland did not muster a meaningful effort on goal other than Sebastian Larsson's first-half free-kick, and boss Martin O'Neill admitted the quest to find back-up for leading scorer Steven Fletcher is ever more pressing.

He said: "In recent weeks in the league, we have been scoring some goals, but there is perhaps an over-reliance on Steven.

"But tonight, we are at home and we are expecting to do better and we are expecting to take the game to them. Really as the home side, the onus is on us to do that, and we didn't do it well enough.

"I'm not even sure, other than that period in the second half, that we did it at all."

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Refugee crisis: David Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia - will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi?

Cameron lowered the flag for the dead king of Saudi Arabia...

But will he do the same honour for little Aylan Kurdi, asks Robert Fisk
Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Our leaders lack courage in this refugee crisis. We are shamed by our European neighbours

Humanity must be at the heart of politics, says Jeremy Corbyn
Joe Biden's 'tease tour': Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?

Joe Biden's 'tease tour'

Could the US Vice-President be testing the water for a presidential run?
Britain's 24-hour culture: With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever

Britain's 24-hour culture

With the 'leisured society' a distant dream we're working longer and less regular hours than ever
Diplomacy board game: Treachery is the way to win - which makes it just like the real thing

The addictive nature of Diplomacy

Bullying, betrayal, aggression – it may be just a board game, but the family that plays Diplomacy may never look at each other in the same way again
Lady Chatterley's Lover: Racy underwear for fans of DH Lawrence's equally racy tome

Fashion: Ooh, Lady Chatterley!

Take inspiration from DH Lawrence's racy tome with equally racy underwear
8 best children's clocks

Tick-tock: 8 best children's clocks

Whether you’re teaching them to tell the time or putting the finishing touches to a nursery, there’s a ticker for that
Charlie Austin: Queens Park Rangers striker says ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

Charlie Austin: ‘If the move is not right, I’m not going’

After hitting 18 goals in the Premier League last season, the QPR striker was the great non-deal of transfer deadline day. But he says he'd preferred another shot at promotion
Isis profits from destruction of antiquities by selling relics to dealers - and then blowing up the buildings they come from to conceal the evidence of looting

How Isis profits from destruction of antiquities

Robert Fisk on the terrorist group's manipulation of the market to increase the price of artefacts
Labour leadership: Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea

'If we lose touch we’ll end up with two decades of the Tories'

In an exclusive interview, Andy Burnham urges Jeremy Corbyn voters to think again in last-minute plea
Tunisia fears its Arab Spring could be reversed as the new regime becomes as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor

The Arab Spring reversed

Tunisian protesters fear that a new law will whitewash corrupt businessmen and officials, but they are finding that the new regime is becoming as intolerant of dissent as its predecessor
King Arthur: Legendary figure was real and lived most of his life in Strathclyde, academic claims

Academic claims King Arthur was real - and reveals where he lived

Dr Andrew Breeze says the legendary figure did exist – but was a general, not a king
Who is Oliver Bonas and how has he captured middle-class hearts?

Who is Oliver Bonas?

It's the first high-street store to pay its staff the living wage, and it saw out the recession in style
Earth has 'lost more than half its trees' since humans first started cutting them down

Axe-wielding Man fells half the world’s trees – leaving us just 422 each

However, the number of trees may be eight times higher than previously thought
60 years of Scalextric: Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones

60 years of Scalextric

Model cars are now stuffed with as much tech as real ones