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Swansea travels to face Sunderland at the Stadium of Light on Wednesday in a match of two middle table clubs looking to move up in the standings.
For Swansea and manager Michael Laudrup, the focus will be on continuing the clubs' solid play and to quiet rumors that Swansea striker Danny Graham is considering a move to the Black Cats.
"We've had some offers for him. When there is a bid, and if that bid is not even close to what the club wants, then there's nothing to do. Even if the player wants to leave, he has to stay," Laudrup told reporters during a press conference.
"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," he added.
This will be Swansea's first match since they were able to knock out Chelsea during their semi-final match in the Capital One League Cup in which Eden Hazard was embroiled in the now infamous ball boy controversy.
Swansea is also playing well in league play and go into this Premier League fixture unbeaten in their last six league matches. Swansea currently sits ninth in the table and are almost certain to keep playing in the top flight next season.
Sunderland has been playing well as of late under the guidance of manager Martin O'Neill and the club has been in good form lately, winning four out of their last six league games to move them up to the 11th position. They have also been able to consistently score goals at home, putting the ball in the net in each of their last five home league matches.
Kick-off for the match is at 2:45 ET and can be watched online here.