Sheffield Wednesday are hoping Sunderland striker Danny Graham will give them a definitive answer on whether he will join the Championship club on loan this week.
It has emerged over the last 48 hours that the Owls have identified Graham as the man to beef up their forward line.
The Star understands Wednesday have made a strong pitch to sign the 30-year-old, offering to pay his wages in full. Having been given permission to leave by Dick Advocatt, it is now up to Graham if he wants to drop down a level.
Graham, who moved to the Stadium of Light in 2013, has fallen behind Fabio Borini, Jermain Defoe and Steven Fletcher in the pecking order.
The former Middlesbrough trainee has started three times for the Black Cats this season. In his last outing, he was substituted at half-time against Aston Villa before the international break
Graham has found goals hard to come by for Sunderland, hitting the back of the net just once in 34 appearances in all competitions.
In the past two seasons, Graham has been sent out on loan to Hull City, Middlesbrough and Wolverhampton Wanderers. He has also previously had temporary spells at Darlington, Derby, Leeds United, Blackpool and Carlisle United.
It is no secret the Owls want to freshen up their attack, but Oldham Athletic are believed to have asked about the possibility of taking Caolan Lavery on loan. The striker, capped at Northern Ireland Under-21 level, has not played since Wednesday’s cup win over Oxford United last month.
Owls Under-21s , featuring Darryl Lachman, slipped to a 4-0 defeat at Charlton Athletic yesterday.