Mackay hopes to be reunited with former charge.
Sunderland striker Danny Graham could be offered a route out of his goal shy nightmare by Premier League new boys Cardiff City, according to the Daily Star.
The 27-year-old joined the Black Cats from fellow Welsh side Swansea in the January transfer window for £4 million but has failed to find the net once in 13 games since making the switch.
New Sunderland boss Paolo Di Canio has reportedly been so unimpressed by the squad that he inherited from Martin O’Neill that he is willing to listen to offers for the bulk of the squad in order to make room and rebuild the team to his liking.
Graham is thought to be near the top of that list, but his failure to find the net hasn’t deterred Cardiff from taking an interest.
Malky Mackay knows Graham well having given the player his big break when the pair worked together at Watford and the Scotsman is keen to add more competition to his frontline.
“A goalscorer is essential in the Premier League and to find one is the Holy Grail,” he said.
“Everyone is looking for someone to stick the ball in the net.”