Guidetti back on radar for Sunderland as Graham set to leave

A fresh move for Manchester City striker John Guidetti could be on the cards for Sunderland as Danny Graham looks likely to leave for Hull

Sweden footballer John Guidetti
Sweden footballer John Guidetti

Sunderland are preparing to offload Danny Graham – and that could lead to a fresh move for Manchester City striker John Guidetti.

Graham looks set to move to Premier League newcomers Hull City, with news of the Tigers’ interest emerging this week and the striker then leaving Sunderland’s Italian training base early to hold talks with the Humberside club.

Hull’s former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce is interested in taking Graham on a season-long loan deal, and the Black Cats are understood to be willing to let the 27-year-old leave just six months after he arrived from Swansea City in a �5m deal.

Graham was Martin O’Neill’s final signing as Sunderland manager, but failed to score in 13 outings for the club last term.

Sunderland’s new head coach Paolo Di Canio said last season that he wanted to begin the new campaign with six strikers, and the �6m summer addition of Jozy Altidore from Dutch side AZ Alkmaar means he now has a full complement.

But if Graham leaves, it would create a vacancy and that may mean Sunderland revive their longstanding interest in Sweden international Guidetti.

The Black Cats were originally linked with the 21-year-old 12 months ago, but they had to shelve their interest after the player succumbed to an illness that ruled him out for the whole of last season.

However Guidetti is now fully fit, and there has been renewed talk of him moving to Wearside.

But if Sunderland do make a new bid to land Guidetti they

will face competition from Dutch side Feyenoord, where he spent a successful spell on loan the season before last and scored 20 goals in 23 games.

Feyenoord’s technical director Martin van Geel insists the club have not made an approach to Man City, but says they would welcome Guidetti back at De Kuip.

Van Geel said: “Guidetti is in our hearts and the door is always open for him. If a godsend occurs, we would naturally increase our squad with him. But I would like to say clearly that no concrete efforts have been made to get him.”

Sunderland have already brought in nine new faces this summer, with Altidore joined by fellow new recruits Valentin Roberge, Modibo Diakite, Cabral, Emanuele Giaccherini, Vito Mannone, David Moberg Karlsson, El-Hadji Ba and Duncan Watmore.

And they could add a tenth today, with Argentinian right-back Gino Peruzzi arriving on Wearside to undergo a medical and finalise personal terms in order to complete his �3.3m move from Velez Sarsfield.

Meanwhile, former Sunderland and Newcastle United defender Titus Bramble could be in line to return to the club where he began his career, Ipswich Town.

Bramble was released by the Black Cats this summer after three years on Wearside, and subsequently spent time training with West Ham United. But he is now training with his hometown club Ipswich and played in a friendly against Gillingham on Tuesday night.

Ipswich manager Mick McCarthy has confirmed that he is interested in signing the 31-year-old free agent, adding: “I only met up with Titus for the first time at our pre-match meal. He asked if he could come in for training and wanted to play.

“He’s obviously interested in coming here and we are interested in him otherwise he wouldn’t be playing for us. He showed a good commitment to come and play but it’s early days yet.”

Bramble has also left the possibility of a return to his first club, saying: “ I’m not ruling anything out, there are a few options. The main is for me to stay fit ahead of wherever I may end up.

“I’ve always said that one day I will come back and play for Ipswich again. Whether it’s now or in a couple of years’ time, who knows?”

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