The Daily Mail is reporting that wages could be the stumbling block which prevents Sunderland striker Danny Graham moving to Blackburn Rovers on loan. The Premier League side supposedly want the players wages paid in full whilst he is out on loan.
Black Cats boss Sam Allardyce is happy for the former Middlesbrough and Swansea City forward to depart the Stadium of Light. Big Sam wants to free up space in the squad so he can boost his squad which his own January additions as they look to battle their way out of relegation trouble.
It is believed that Graham earns £35,000 at week with the North-East club but although Paul Lambert wants to bring him to Ewood Park, the club aren’t prepared to pay 100% of his wages until the end of the season. Rovers have only just exited a transfer embargo because of financial fair play problems.
Lambert has recently took charge of the club and is said to be desperately looking for offensive signings in this transfer window. He identified a striker partner for Jordan Rhodes as his number one priority,
“Sometimes you need a street fighter in this league to get you up the pitch, who knows how to take the ball, and who knows how to get hold of the ball.
I think that’s something we need so we’ll see if there’s somebody out there who can give us a hand.”
It would be fair to say that Graham would fit something close to that bill and he has plenty of experience playing in the Championship. It was only a few seasons ago that he commanded a transfer fee of £5million, so he clearly holds some quality.
However it is clear the see that wages could very well restrict him to a watching brief at Sunderland, unless the Black Cats are prepared to lower their request to have all wages paid in full. Otherwise Blackburn could miss out on their number one target.