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Swansea City boss Michael Laudrup: I must see whether Danny Graham's head is right

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 05, 2013

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MICHAEL Laudrup admits he must weigh up whether Danny Graham is in the right frame of mind to play for Swansea City amid mounting speculation about the striker's future.

A fringe figure for much of the season, Graham has netted in each of Swansea's last two games.

But amid strong suggestions that Norwich and Reading are among a host of clubs trailing his signature, Graham admitted this week that he could consider moving on this month in search of regular football.

And Laudrup has responded by once again refusing to rule out the idea of Graham being sold.

"Whether I will keep playing Danny is a question that has to be asked," the Swansea manager said.

"I will have to speak to Danny, and to any of the players who could be involved in an eventual move, about whether they are focused.

"I will ask them to answer honestly. If they say they have a lot of things going on then okay, at least they are honest and they will be ruled out for the coming game.

"If they say 'No, I am 100 per cent', they will be a part of it if I think they should be part of it."

Laudrup has insisted he knows nothing of any official approaches for Graham despite reports that Norwich and Reading have firmed up their interest.

Royals boss Brian McDermott has stated that "there is a bit of interest" in the former Watford man, while Canaries manager Chris Hughton is tipped to bring in a forward this month.

"Danny has played the last couple of games, but like everyone else he wants to play regularly," Laudrup added.

"I haven't spoken to him yet about how he feels. I have spoken to some of the other players, but what was said will remain private.

"I will speak to these players and say right now, you are one of three players for one position, so you choose.

"If the player says he wants to stay and fight then great, but if he says I want to go to have more chance of playing then I respect that as well.

"That's not to say he will definitely stay or definitely go — then it depends on the money and everything else."

Graham finished last season as Swansea's 14-goal top scorer after joining from Watford for a then club-record fee of £3.5 million.

He started the Laudrup era in impressive form, but has struggled for game-time thanks largely to Michu's success as a central striker.

Laudrup, meantime, says Swansea will definitely add to their squad this month — but says they are unlikely to break the transfer record again.

The current highest fee paid is the £5.55 million Swansea splashed out on Pablo Hernandez in August, so it seems unlikely they will pay the £8 million-plus asking price for Celta Vigo frontman Iago Aspas this month.

"There will be somebody coming in, but I don't want to talk names or numbers right now because I honestly don't know," Laudrup added.

"It's January and a lot of things can happen, but I don't think we will break the transfer record this month."

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  • brochadav  |  January 05 2013, 9:57AM

    If Danny keeps scoring AND playing well alongside Michu then there is still a place for him here. I personally think DG is on his way out. Though there are at least 3 players I'd see leaving before him, Lita, Gower and Tate. I love Tatey but sadly he won't get games now as he is too far down the pecking order and he's too slow, great championship player though. If DG does leave then we need to consider Aspas, money for DG (at least 3 million hopefully) can go towards him.

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  • Pottedrengen  |  January 05 2013, 8:41AM

    Laudrup spoke in such glowing terms about Danny after the pre-season games, so there really is no doubt he will keep him here, if Danny wants to stay. At any rate he much prefers Michu in the role behind a main striker, so Danny could be the man if he continues to score and play well.

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