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Sunderland boss praises striker Danny Graham

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill says new striker Danny Graham could become a big hit on Wearside.

The 27-year-old completed a £5 million move from Swansea City on Thursday, putting pen to paper on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

However, the Gateshead-born forward has taken the slightly unconventional route to Premier League stardom. He began his career at Middlesbrough, and made several loan stints during his time at the Riverside at clubs including Darlington and Carlisle United. He then dropped down two divisions when he joined the Cumbrians on a permanent basis in 2007. Graham has since worked his way back up the football ladder with Watford and Swansea.

Today, O'Neill heaped praise on the way Graham has become a proven Premier League goalscorer. He said:

"He has done remarkably well considering that at different stages through [his career] he's probably been told he really has a battle on his hands.

"I like that about someone who has been told he maybe might not be good enough, and yet has kept proving people wrong. So that's a good attribute to have."

– Martin O'Neill, Sunderland AFC Manager
Danny Graham completed a £5 million move to Sunderland on deadline day Credit: Sunderland AFC

O'Neill added that his new recruit will also ease the goalscoring burden on the club's top-scorer Steven Fletcher. He said: "We're over-reliant at times on Steven Fletcher. I'm hoping he'll be able to alleviate that problem"

Graham could make his Black Cats debut in Saturday's Premier League match away to Reading.

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