. . . Swans agree £5m Danny transfer
Swansea City have agreed the £5m transfer of striker Danny Graham to Sunderland.
Graham, 27, has signed a three-and-a-half-year contract at the Stadium of Light after weeks of speculation surrounding his future at the Liberty Stadium.
“I’m sad to be leaving Swansea, but delighted to be joining Sunderland and moving back home to the North East for personal reasons,’’ explained Graham.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time at Swansea, but everyone moves on at some time in football. Obviously I would have liked more game-time this season, but that’s the way it goes and I’m looking forward to the new challenge at Sunderland.
“I would like to think I played my part in Swansea’s success so far in the Premier League, especially last season.
“I can only speak in a positive way about the club, especially the supporters and the squad of players. They have been outstanding and I’d like to thank everyone for making my time so enjoyable.
“I believe, 100 per cent, that the club has a bright future. The boys have done very well since stepping up to the Premier League and it will only get even better for them. There’s a major cup final to look forward to and I’m sure they will continue to progress.’’
The Swans broke their club transfer record to sign Graham for £3.5million in June 2011 from Watford on a four-year contract having led the Championship charts with 27 goals in all competitions.
He had attracted interest from a number of other Premier League clubs, but opted to join the Swans.
He started his career at Middlesbrough where he made 14 Premier League appearances as a youngster during a four year period between 2003-07. During that time he also gained experience on loan at Darlington, Derby, Leeds, Blackpool and Carlisle.
He made the move to Carlisle permanent in May 2007 before joining Watford two years later where he was an immediate hit with the Hornets, scoring 41 goals in 87 (+11) appearances.
He was named in the PFA team of the year before joining the Swans for their Barclays Premier League bow.
His first season went well with 12 top-flight goals (14 in all competitions), including the winner in a 3-2 victory over Arsenal and the final-day 1-0 triumph over Liverpool.
He found game-time limited this season under new boss Michael Laudrup with just 13 starts and 10 substitute appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals.
Swansea City would like to thank Danny for his services to the club and wish him well for the future.
Meanwhile, defender Curtis Obeng, 23, has confirmed a one-month loan deal with League Two side York City.