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Laudrup: Graham exit no nearer

Michael Laudrup says striker Danny Graham will not be leaving Swansea before the League Cup semi-final second leg against Chelsea.

The 27-year-old Graham, who has scored seven goals in all competitions so far this season, has been the subject of speculation linking him with a potential move to Norwich, Sunderland and Newcastle United.

However, Swansea manager Laudrup has denied a move is imminent.

Swansea host Chelsea on Wednesday holding a 2-0 aggregate advantage in their League Cup last-four tie.

“No movements (on the Graham transfer),” Laudrup told reporters.

“We have more important things to do in the next 24-30 hours than look at the transfer window.”

Meanwhile, fans’ favourite Graham has been urged to stay at the club by central defender Ashley Williams who, after Swansea’s 3-1 victory over Stoke on Saturday, told reporters the striker has the support and confidence of the entire dressing room.

“We’ve just been saying to him two minutes ago in the changing room that we want him to stay, saying ‘don’t go’,” said Williams.

“We all want him to stay, he is a top player and has done well here. We definitely don’t want to see him leave and I think if you asked any player here they would stay the same thing.

“We want him here. He is going to make the decision on whether he stays or goes,” the defender continued.

“He has to make the right decision for himself and his family and his situation.

“Obviously we are telling him we want him to stay, but it is his decision whether he stays or goes and we will back him whatever he chooses.”

Tue 22 Jan, 2013
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