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Why Graham Will Be Looking For Revenge In Toon Derby!
Danny Graham insists Sunderland were the only club for him in the January window ... after Newcastle boss Alan Pardew said he "wasn't good enough for Newcastle"!
Graham hopes to make his home debut in tomorrow’s visit of Arsenal.
Swansea accepted bids from both Norwich City and Graham’s former club Middlesbrough during the window, with the latter making a dramatic bid to hijack Sunderland’s move on transfer deadline day.
Pardew's comments stung him deep, and although he refused to talk about it, he will be fired up for April 13th.
Danny Graham: “Norwich and Boro were interested in me, but it was always the Sunderland move that I personally wanted to happen.
“The chance to return home to the North East was a massive attraction for me.
“I have been away for a long time, living and playing in Watford, and in Swansea.
“So to come home, and play for a big football club up here is great.
“Boro was an option, but no more than that.
“Of course, Middlesbrough was my first club, and so there was still a pull there, but I really wanted to carry on playing in the Premier League.
“And once Sunderland came in for me, and I had the chance to play in the Premier League at a club of this size, it was always going to be this club that I wanted to move to.
"I do regret remarks I said (in a fanzine).
“I wish I hadn’t said it at the time.
“It was said tongue-in-cheek – it was never meant to be what it has become.
“I’m not going to hide behind any excuses though.
“I was booed at the Stadium of Light when I came here with Swansea, but I wasn’t a Sunderland player then.
“Hopefully now we can put things to bed, and I can get on with showing how committed I am to the club.
“The Sunderland fans gave me a great reception at Reading and I am very grateful for that.
“And it was almost the perfect start – I had a couple of headers, one that was blocked at the far post and another that I caught almost too well and the goalkeeper made a great reaction save.
“It was disappointing to lose, but we have to move on now.
“We’ve got Arsenal tomorrow, and hopefully I can put myself in contention for selection.”
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