Richardson edges closer to Sunderland exit.
Fulham are closing in on a £2m deal for Sunderland contract-rebel Kieran Richardson.
The 27-year-old has just 11 months remaining on his current deal on Wearside and has refused to sign a new contract with the club, according to the Sunderland Echo.
The ex-Arsenal player has made it clear to Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill that he wants to leave the club to move closer to his London roots.
Fulham, QPR and West Ham are all interested in the versatile midfielder but the Cottagers lead the chase and are ready to match Sunderland’s £2m asking price.
Richardson has spent five years at the Stadium of Light and has featured in a variety of positions, although O’Neill has most often deployed him at full-back.
The Northern Irish tactician has given the go-ahead for Richardson’s departure despite the lack of a replacement, although Croatian international full-back Ivan Strinic continues to be linked with the club.
Fulham’s move for Richardson will increase speculation that Moussa Dembele is set to leave Craven Cottage before the end of the week. The Belgian star has been linked with Tottenham and Manchester United.
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