SUNDERLAND misfit Danny Graham is a wanted man in the Championship.
But only one club – Bolton Wanderers – has so far made a firm bid for the 28-year-old striker.
And the cash-strapped Trotters will be hoping that Nottingham Forest and Leeds United among others do not firm up their interest in the Tynesider.
Graham a £5million Martin O’Neill buy for Sunderland from Swansea a year ago is currently on season-long loan to Hull.
But he is surplus to requirements at the KC Stadium now that Hull City boss Steve Bruce has successfully bought Everton striker Nikica Jelavic and West Brom’s Shane Long.
And both Sunderland and Hull are looking to find the striker a new club in the January transfer window with a whole posse of Championship clubs circling.
Graham has had a miserable time on the pitch since leaving the Swans, where he scored a respectable 15 goals in two seasons. He failed to find the back of the net in 13 games for the Black Cats and it has taken him 14 games to open his account for Hull this season.
But at Championship level he could be a different prospect - he scored 38 goals in 92 league starts for Watford before his move to Wales,
And Wanderers boss Dougie Freedman believes Graham could have a real impact at the Reebok and relaunch his playing career in the process.
Freedman has managed to secure the finance for a loan move for Grahan until the end of the season.
He desperately needs shooting talent with Jermaine Beckford out with a hamstring strain and the Lancashire outfit struggling for goals or a presence up front.
And Freedman will be encouraged that despite the fact a host of Championship clubs inquiring, Bolton are the only one to have submitted a firm bid.
Sunderland’s view is that they want Graham playing games, and he would certain get plenty of time on the pitch at Bolton.
But Nottingham Forest are seriously considering the situation and the likelihood is that the player will have multiple Championship offers to mull over before making his decision on which club to join this month.