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Friday 18 April 2014

O'Neill steps up striker search

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill will spend the final few days of the transfer window desperately trying to land striking reinforcements.

The side's need is pressing with Fraizer Campbell having left for Cardiff City, German side Augsburg taking Ji Dong-won on loan for the rest of the season and Louis Saha having his contract cancelled by mutual consent.

Swansea City's Danny Graham, who could line up against Sunderland at the Stadium of Light tonight, is at the top of O'Neill's wishlist. Yesterday it was reported that Graham had requested a move from Swansea but that was denied by chairman Huw Jenkins.

"At the moment there is no substance to this whatsoever," Jenkins said.

O'Neill was asked if it was fair to assume attack is his main focus, and said: "Of course, of course it is. I am hopeful that something will develop for us.

"We have got a couple of days left and we are hoping that we can add somebody else to the squad if at all possible. I am hopeful, but there's nothing guaranteed.

"This game against Swansea and, a couple of days later, we play Reading – these are all important matches. We have got some points on the board just recently, which is good. Now I want to try to press on if we can."

Sunderland v Swansea, Live, Sky Sports 2, 7.45

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