Transfer watch: Sunderland ready to off-load Richardson
KIERAN Richardson has been offered for sale to Tottenham Hotspur, Birmingham City and Fulham.
The Sunderland winger has started 15 Premier League matches this season, mostly in midfield, but the 25-year-old has been unhappy with an occasional role at left-back.
Richardson has attracted interest from Bolton and Newcastle United since moving to Sunderland from Manchester United for £6m three years ago.
Sam Allardyce has made an approach for Gary O'Neil, the Middlesbrough midfield player, but the Blackburn Rovers manager admitted that he does not have the funds to complete a deal unless he sells.
O'Neil, who joined the Teesside club from Portsmouth three years ago, was close to leaving last year because he wanted to return south for family reasons.
Allardyce hopes to sell Benni McCarthy, the South Africa forward. "If finance changes and the board tells me there is, then we'll have a look in the market," Allardyce said.
Luis Jimenez is set to leave West Ham United and return from his loan spell to Inter Milan, who want to sell the Chile striker. He has made 11 league appearances this season, scoring once.
Lens have said that they have interest from Wigan Athletic and several other clubs if Portsmouth are unable to pay the wages of Aruna Dindane, the Ivory Coast forward, who is on loan.
Bolton boss Owen Coyle has said that he is willing to offer a contract to Stuart Holden, who has been on trial after he left the Houston Dynamo.
Internacional have confirmed that Sandro will not move until the summer. Tottenham are favourites to sign the Brazil midfield player.
"He will now play in the Libertadores for Inter. It may come in August that he will move to Europe, but that could be true of any of our players," Fernando Carvalho, the Internacional vice-president, said.
Seol Ki Hyeon, the South Korea midfield player, has been allowed to leave Fulham. The 31-year-old joined from Reading three years ago, but has made only one start this season.
Derby County have signed Russell Anderson until the end of the season after the Scotland defender's contract was cancelled by Sunderland. He could make his debut against Peterborough United at London Road today.
Burnley made an inquiry for Matthew Kilgallon, but will not be pursuing their interest because of the Sheffield United defender's wage demands.