Graham joins Sunderland

Danny Graham has completed a move from Swansea City to Sunderland for a fee of approximately $8 million, it was announced Thursday.

Graham, 27, was an instrumental piece in helping Swansea gain promotion to the Premier League. He joins the Black Cats on a three-and-a-half-year deal.

"As soon as I heard about the interest from Sunderland I didn't even have to consider any of the other options that were on the table," Graham told Sunderland's official website. "I was born and brought up in the north east so I know first-hand the intense passion that people have for their football in this part of the world - it's special and there's nowhere else like it."