MARTIN O’Neill is keen to add further recruits this month, as Sunderland continue their pursuit of Swansea’s Chester-le-Street-born striker Danny Graham.
The former Middlesbrough man was relegated to the bench for last night’s Capital One Cup semi-final at Chelsea, though he did appear later on to seal a 2-0 win for the Welsh side at Stamford Bridge.
But that goal could be his Swan-song with Sunderland eager to strike a deal worth around £5million for the 27-year-old.
But Swansea are unlikely to sanction his exit until they can make progress on a potential replacement, with ex-Sunderland striker Kenywne Jones on boss Michael Laudrup’s shortlist.
O’Neill also wants to boost his defensive ranks, with Titus Bramble and Matt Kilgallon - both out-of-contract in the summer - the only fit centre-halves currently at his disposal.
Reports in the Middle East yesterday linked Sunderland with Senegalese centre-half Abdul Kader Mangane, currently plying his trade for Saudi Arabian outfit Al-Hilal after leaving French side Rennes during the summer.