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I want to be playing games, says Swansea City's Danny Graham

By South Wales Evening Post  |  Posted: January 04, 2013

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DANNY Graham has hinted for the first time that he could be about to quit Swansea City.

Graham, last season's 14-goal top scorer at the Liberty, has struggled for game-time under Michael Laudrup this term.

And though Graham has scored in Swansea's last two games, Laudrup has stated he will sit down with the £3.5 million former Watford striker to discuss his future in SA1.

Laudrup revealed he plans to hold talks with every player who is not a first-team regular at Swansea during the January transfer window.

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And now Graham has responded by saying he wants to clarify where he stands in the eyes of his manager.

In an interview which tellingly was not sanctioned by Swansea, Graham said: "The gaffer stated in the press recently that he wants to talk to everyone who hasn't been playing as much as the others and that's me — that's in my bracket.

"Hopefully over the next few days or so the gaffer will pull me aside and talk to me and let me know what's going on.

"As a footballer I want to be playing football.

"If that's not the case and the meeting with the gaffer doesn't go to plan then I'll have to sit down and see what happens — see what offers are on the table.

"I'm 27, it's a short career and I want to be playing games. This could be my last big move, or it couldn't.

"I'm just trying to get on with it, keep my head down and work hard and we'll see what happens in January."

Graham told the Post only a fortnight ago that he did not see a reason to leave Swansea despite his lack of action this season.

He said he would only look to move on if Laudrup told him he was no longer required.

Swansea's manager has not said that, yet Graham's stance now appears to have shifted.

Norwich City and Reading are among a group of clubs who are believed to have an interest in Graham, with Sunderland, Wolves, Hull and Cardiff also linked in recent weeks.

Laudrup, meantime, is expected to sign a new centre-forward before the window closes at the end of the month, which could pave the way for Graham to depart.

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  • hacker_jack  |  January 07 2013, 3:50PM

    f1jackarmy, the only rumour was regarding him staying in the North East after our game up there last month. For the record he did this to visit family with the prior agreement of the club and he behaved himself while he was there (he went to a few bars but did not drink more than 2-3 beers in total) Frankly yes he was playing poorly early in the season, I think of all the players he has struggled to adapt to Laudrup's style, but he has looked better in the last few games (even without the goals). I still think he get's in our strongest side at the moment if he can find his form as I'd always play Michu as an advance Midfielder, you lose something of his penetrating runs when playing up front. I certainly wouldn't be keen to sell him to any of our rivals this month, tell him to stick with it and see how the rest of the season goes, if he fails to hold down a place and wants to go in the summer then so be it.

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  • brochadav  |  January 07 2013, 12:41PM

    The problem is purely about form. We know Danny can score, and the last 3 he has scored. If he can keep on scoring selling him would be silly. Plenty of players inexplicably lose form only to regain it upon being sold. Hopefully 's scoring form has returned and will remain.

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  • carpmeister  |  January 06 2013, 8:33PM

    A couple of weeks ago there was a story of what position Swans would be in without Michu's goals, if I remember correctly they would have been in 16th instead of ninth. It would be interesting to see where we would have finished last season without Danny's goals. There are to many people thinking we can pick up another Michu for a couple of million, that is not going to happen. We were very very lucky to get Michu and to get another deal like that is very unlikely. Swans paid out 3.5m for Danny Graham and he did ok last season, and he's done ok recently. We are not exactly flush with goal scorers apart from Michu and my own view is we should keep Danny at least until the end of the season, he's proved he knows where the back of the net is and deserves a chance.

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  • mahatmacoat  |  January 06 2013, 6:51PM

    Hallelujah DG has scored 3 goals in 3 games. How many has he missed though. A quality striker would have put away a far greater % of chances than Graham has. He did OK last year when nobody knew his game but as a one trick pony his method is known. The Blessed Saint Martin wants to take him home so why not at the right price.

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  • swans  |  January 06 2013, 5:10PM

    mahatmacot. Your comments are rubbish just look at how many danny graham have saved the swans fron loseing just like today.

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  • mahatmacoat  |  January 06 2013, 7:51AM

    The only English born players to score more than DG last season were Rooney & Holt so he must be worth about 8 Million. He hasn't done much this season so move him on if the offer is good and allow ML to buy a replacement where he can get better value for that money.

  • swans  |  January 05 2013, 5:36PM

    We all like to see you playing football hope it is with the swans if not best of luck you been a great player with us best of luck what ever happens.

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  • SCFC_10  |  January 05 2013, 1:07PM

    You won't be playing many games at any club if you keep missing chance after chance. Awful goalkeeping for the equaliser btw, another terrible miss in the first half.

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  • f1jackarmy  |  January 04 2013, 3:09PM

    I really like danny and always enjoy watching him play but his omission from the side lately is really baffling . There are loads of rumour's flying about , about Danny's off field activities and you can only think that this is the reason for him being left out . The manager and staff must have heard these things about Danny . In his interview on sky sports news yesterday he made no reference to the ' virus ' that he supposedly had after newcastle away ? Anyone else think this is strange ? Hes from newcastle , he probalby stayed there on that weekend and ever since the club is trying to get rid of him. If danny leaves this month you can only think that its nothing to do with his talent on the pitch as hes a proven goalscorer. More so its beacuse of things going on off the pitch and if this is true then frankly hes only got himself to blame .

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  • Lynbaz  |  January 04 2013, 12:05PM

    I hope Danny stays because I believe he can still get us goals. He needs games and a chance to develop an understanding with Michu. Let's not forget his 14 league and cup goals in a team that, arguably, was not as good as this one. He has ability, it just needs bringing out.

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