By Wayne Veysey

7th Sep, 2020 | 12:09pm

Exclusive: Sunderland agree deal to re-sign centre-forward

Sunderland have agreed a deal to re-sign striker Danny Graham, Football Insider can reveal.

Black Cats boss Parkinson confirmed earlier this week that the club were considering a move for the 35-year-old as they looked to bolster their attack ahead of the new campaign.

A Sunderland source has told Football Insider that the terms of a one-year deal have now been agreed with Graham and he is set to imminently put pen to paper.

Graham is a proven marksman in the lower leagues and was especially prolific at Blackburn Rovers, Carlisle United and Watford.

He scored four goals in 38 appearances last season in the Championship but he started only 14 matches for Rovers.

Graham certainly has something to prove at the Stadium of Light after failing to maintain his impressive career strike rate in his first spell.

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In 42 matches for the Black Cats between 2013 and 2016, the spearhead scored just a single goal and spent much of that time out on loan.

When asked by Football Insider if Graham would struggle again if re-signed, club legend Kevin Phillips said: “It is always difficult. It is hard to judge.

“He has been there before and struggled so why would he come back and do well?

“I thought Will Grigg would be a fantastic signing but it has turned out to be a bit of a disaster for the kid.

“Danny Graham has scored some goals at Blackburn and you would like to think that dropping down a league, in a Sunderland side that will create chances, he should score because he knows where the back of the net is. If you can get him for the right kind of money then it could be a clever signing from Phil.

In other Sunderland news, it can be REVEALED that Hull City have stolen a march on the Black Cats in hunt for Rochdale star after bid is tabled.