SUNDERLAND will need to pay a fee of over £4million if they are to sign Swansea striker Danny Graham during this transfer window.
QPR, Reading and Aston Villa are all interested in the striker, from Gateshead, who has let it be known that his first choice would be a return to the North East.
Alfred N’Diaye, the 21-year-old French midfielder from Bursapor, arrived on Wearside last night and is expected to undergo a medical today before agreeing a deal that will cost around £3million.
And experienced Anderlecht defender Roland Juhasz hinted yesterday that he, too, would welcome a move to the Stadium of Light.
This is all encouraging news for O’Neill, who is desperate to add genuine quality to his squad, and Tim Cahill remains a possibility as well, before this window shuts in three weeks.
Swansea manager Brian Laudrup is willing to sell Graham, but only for a fee of £4m-plus as that is what it will take for him to sign Celta Vigo striker Iago Aspas, who has been on the Dane’s radar since the last transfer window.
The Welsh outfit face Chelsea at Stamford Bridge tonight in the Capital One Cup semi-final first-leg and while no official bid has been made, sources close to Swansea revealed that the club expect Sunderland to make them an offer before this weekend.
Laudrup was asked yesterday whether Graham would travel to London for the cup-tie or to Sunderland for talks.
He said: “I don’t know anything about anyone who shouldn’t be here.
“As I said before, it is not because I don’t want to talk about the players but that I think that every player would agree that it is more important about the team
with a semi-final in 30 hours. Is Danny in the squad? Yes, of course.
“There will be nothing on Danny Graham or anyone else as the most important thing is the game against Chelsea.”
Sunderland believe the N’Diaye deal will be pushed through over the next 48 hours without any problems.
And Hungarian international Juhasz admitted that he would welcome an imminent move to Sunderland. The 29-year-old centre-half, who has won 76 caps, has to choose between the Black Cats and Dnipro of Ukraine. In an interview with Nemzeti Sport, a daily sports paper in Hungary, he said: “I’d like to play in Western Europe, of course Sunderland and the Premier League attracts me very much.”
Although he added: “But I wouldn’t say no to Dnipro.”
Meanwhile, Sunderland have allowed young defender Blair Adams to extend his loan at Coventry City until the end of February.
And David Meyler completed his move to Hull City, for a fee in the region of £1.5m. The Irishman, who was on loan at the KC Stadium, agreed a three-a-half-year deal.