Coyle determined to beat Celtic to out of contract forward

New Blackburn Rovers manager Owen Coyle has declared an interest in bringing striker Danny Graham back to Ewood Park.

The 30-year-old spent the second half of last season with the Championship side, but will officially be available on a free transfer after his contract with Sunderland expires at the end of the month.

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The forward is also a target of Celtic, and Hoops boss Brendan Rodgers could be keen to link up with the striker once again after previously working with each other at Swansea.

Coyle told the Lancashire Telegraph:

“Danny is a good player and given his situation there’s no doubt that he’s going to have some very big offers on the table. He’s an outstanding player, somebody I’ve always liked, and that’s all relative to what we can do.

“Ultimately we’ll work within everything we’ve got here to bring those players in and Danny’s a very good player. Whether we can get him to the football club, because I know he’ll have some very big offers, remains to be seen.”

Graham has had a lean few years in front of goal since being purchased by the Black Cats for £5m from Swansea in 2013.

He scored just once in three years on Wearside and also had spells on loan at Hull City, Middlesbrough and Wolves but failed to make an impression.

At Rovers though, he scored seven goals in 18 league appearances last season.