JANUARY signing Danny Graham is a loan target for Hull City after former Sunderland boss Steve Bruce confirmed his interest in the Black Cats striker.
Bruce has already taken David Meyler and Ahmed Elmohamady to the KC Stadium since being appointed Tigers boss last summer.
And he could now make a third raid on his former club, with the Premier League newcomers understood to be in talks to take Graham on loan just six months after the frontman’s arrival at the Stadium of Light.
Bruce has seen his attempts to boost Hull’s front-line come to nought so far this summer after being priced out of moves for Celtic’s Gary Hooper and former Sunderland loanee Nicklas Bendtner, while a deal to land Burnley’s Charlie Austin fell through.
The Hull manager attempted to play down the progress of his attempts to land Graham after last night’s pre-season friendly at North Ferriby United, but it is thought that there have already been discussions between the two clubs over a move for the £5million man.
“There’s lots and lots of players and it’s always wrong for me to talk about them, but he’s someone where there’s been a bit of interest,” said Bruce.
“He hasn’t had the best of times in the North East, but he’s a very, very good player.
“Whether it’s possible, who knows?
“It’s something that we’re looking at, but we haven’t done anything just yet.”
Graham failed to find the net in any of his 13 appearances for Sunderland last season after ex-Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill brought him from Swansea on January transfer deadline day.
As has been the case with the majority of the squad Paolo Di Canio inherited from O’Neill, Sunderland have been willing to consider offers for Graham this summer, despite the brevity of his stint on Wearside.
But the three-and-a-half year contract handed to Graham by O’Neill is understood to be a lucrative one, hampering Sunderland’s chances of offloading the Tyneside.
A loan move, with Hull potentially covering a percentage of Graham’s wages, would offer a compromise and could also open the door for Sunderland to make a further addition to their front-line.
Di Canio has already boosted his attacking options this summer with the £6m capture of American international Jozy Altidore.
But Sunderland have also made enquiries over Manchester City’s John Guidetti and Udinese’s Matej Vydra, while reports in Italy over the last week have linked the Black Cats with Juventus’ Alessandro Matri and Catania’s Maxi Lopez.