Richardson looks Fulham-bound
Sunderland full-back Kieran Richardson is in talks with Fulham after the two clubs agreed a fee for his transfer.
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Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill confirmed that the Wearsiders have accepted an offer for the 27-year-old, but did not disclose the club.
However, Press Association Sport understands it is the Londoners who have firmed up their interest.
Richardson was not included in the 18 for Tuesday night's Capital One Cup second-round victory over Morecambe, and O'Neill revealed the reason afterwards.
He said: "A club has made an offer for him today and we, as a club, have accepted that, and it gives Kieran the opportunity to find out for himself.
"If it doesn't materialise and he comes back, I'll still be pleased, but it's a position we might have to go and have a look at.
"Jack [Colback] played very, very well there tonight, but Kieran wanted to pursue this and have a look at this, finding we had accepted the offer, and I will see what comes of it."
It would come as no surprise if the former Manchester United player, who is in the final year of his contract, did leave the Stadium of Light after weeks of speculation over his future.
O'Neill has already been linked with a series of replacements, and he confirmed he would look to make progress on that front if a deal was to go through.
He said: "It is something, if Kieran does go, that we would have to look at."