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Sunderland defeat unthinkable for Allardyce

Sam Allardyce wants three points. Credit: PA

Sam Allardyce has warned his Sunderland players they simply cannot afford to lose to Bournemouth if they are to dig themselves out of Premier League relegation trouble.

The sides meet at the Stadium of Light on Saturday with the Black Cats still four points from safety despite winning two of their last three league games, and six adrift of the Cherries in 15th.

Victory for the home side would drag Eddie Howe's men back into the thick of the survival scrap, but anything else would compound Allardyce's problems.

At all costs, we cannot lose this game, for me. We must try to win it if we can, but if we can't, make sure we don't lose it because the distance then between Bournemouth and us, even though people say there are a lot of games to go, there aren't.

To make up that difference, there isn't. When you are at the bottom and you have only won five already, you are saying you are having to win three just to catch them up, so we cannot afford to lose this game.

Hopefully we will win it, but if we don't, make sure we don't lose.

– Sam Allardyce

Blackburn sign Sunderland striker Graham

Danny Graham has dropped down to the Championship. Credit: PA

Championship side Blackburn Rovers have signed striker Danny Graham on loan for the rest of the season.

Former Swansea forward Graham never became a regular at Stadium of Light as he struggled to find the net.

It’s been a mad 24 hours, I was training with Sunderland yesterday morning and then I came down here last night to get things sorted, so I’m delighted to get it done, I’m looking forward to the first game against Charlton and hopefully we can get off to a flying start.

I was aware of the interest in the background and obviously I’ve been playing a bit at Sunderland the last few weeks, so I’m coming here with games under my belt, which is also pleasing, so hopefully we can both do well for each other.

I spoke to the manager a few times and obviously he’s got some good players. The transfer embargo has been lifted, so they want to sign players and move the club forward. For me to get out of Sunderland and have a fresh challenge is superb for me, so I’m delighted to get it done, I can’t wait to get going and hopefully we can pull together and move up the table.

– Danny Graham

Watford complete signing of Sunderland 'keeper

Pantilimon has joined Watford. Credit: PA

Watford have signed goalkeeper Costel Pantilimon from Sunderland.

Pantilimon, the former Manchester City stopper, joins the Hornets on a three-year deal and will provide competition for current number one Heurelho Gomes.

The 6ft 8in Romania international started the season as Sunderland's first-choice goalkeeper but he has not played for Sam Allardyce's side since their 3-1 defeat at Chelsea on December 19 and has failed to been included in the last three squads.

A short statement on the Black Cats' website said: "Sunderland AFC would like to thank Costel and wish him the very best for the future at his new club."


Sunderland target not for sale - Swansea boss

Andre Ayew played on Monday night against Watford. Credit: PA

Alan Curtis says Swansea forward Andre Ayew won't be living the club this month, as far as he is concerned.

The Ghanaian has been linked with moves to Sunderland and Liverpool, but the Welsh club aren't interested in selling.

There was talk of him going to Sunderland or them making a bid.

But we wouldn't even entertain that as far as I am concerned.

He is one of a number of big players for us and we don't want to lose anybody during the window.

We want to bring people in and we will get somebody in.

But if we don't it's important no one else goes out through the door.

– Alan Curtis

Sunderland bring in ex-Hull striker on loan

Sunderland have completed the loan signing of striker Dame N'Doye from Trabzonspor for the rest of the season.

The Senegalese international spent a spell at Hull last season in the Premier League, scoring five in 15 appearances.

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