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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff
Jan 22, 2013

Swansea want Graham to stay

Swansea players are making a concerted effort to keep Norwich and Sunderland target Danny Graham at the club, Ashley Williams has revealed.

Danny Graham celebrates his late equaliser for Swansea
Danny Graham has scored seven goals for Swansea so far this season

Graham, 27, has become frustrated at playing second fiddle to Michu under manager Michael Laudrup this season and hinted he could look to leave the Liberty Stadium in the January transfer window in search of regular first-team football.

The former Watford and Middlesbrough striker made a successful appearance from the substitutes’ bench during Swansea’s 3-1 win against Stoke on Saturday prompting his team-mates to ask him to reconsider his future.

"We've just been saying to him that we want him to stay, saying 'don't go'," Williams said. “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 say the same thing. We want him here.

"He is going to make the decision on whether he stays or goes. 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."

Swansea host Chelsea on Wednesday night in a Capital One Cup semi-final second leg tie which sees them hold a two-goal advantage.

However, Williams is aware that they can’t be complacent if they are going to finish the job and reach Wembley against a side who won the Champions League and FA Cup last season.

"It's such a big game for us as individuals and as a club. We went up there, did really well and we have set ourselves up nicely," he added.

"But we know the job is not done and it will be as tough here as it was up there. They will come at us and we will be ready for that."

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