Danny Graham to leave Swansea

Swansea City striker Danny Graham has this evening told the club he would like to leave due to 'personal reasons'.

The twenty-seven year old has been strongly linked with a move away from the Liberty Stadium during the tranfer window due to the form of Spanish forward Michu.

It has also been reported this evening that the Englishmen will travel north in the coming days to sign for Sunderland, which is close to where he grew up in Gateshead.

Graham hasn't formally handed in a transfer request at the Premier League side, though his intent to leave will come as a shock to Manager Michael Laudrup who only confirmed in a press conference earlier this afternoon:

"I haven't read anything official or in any newspaper or on television where Danny has said he wants to leave, that means he must want to stay and probably he will,"

Though Laudrup did confirm: "If he comes and says he wants to leave and there's a very good offer we'll have to look into it,"

It appears the player will move Sunderland in the coming days for a fee largely rumoured to be around £5 million, which is a decent investment for a player who scored a dozen goals in the Premier League last season, and was Championship top goalscorer the year before.

In other Swansea City news today, winger Wayne Routledge has agreed a new four-and-a-half year contract with the club.