KIERAN Richardson was the only player to depart the Stadium of Light on deadline day after completing his move to Fulham.
Richardson penned a three-year deal, with an option for a fourth, at Craven Cottage yesterday morning after completing his switch from Sunderland for an undisclosed fee – understood to be around the £2million mark.
The 27-year-old had been Sunderland’s longest-serving player after Roy Keane took the then Manchester United midfielder to Wearside in the summer of 2007.
But with less than a year left on his contract, Richardson expressed his desire this summer to leave the Stadium of Light and return to his native London.
West Ham and QPR had also been keeping tabs on the former England international, but Fulham were prepared to match his lucrative Sunderland wages, with Martin Jol ready to deploy him in his preferred attacking midfield role.
Richardson said: “I’ve been talking for a while now with the club and I’m so happy to be here finally. I just want to get cracking now.
“I haven’t worked with him (Jol) but he told me he has been tracking me for a while so you’re always happy to play for a manger who always wants you.
“I just want to come here, score goals and create and just be as positive as I can for Fulham and I want to see Fulham get as high as they can in the table.
“I want to get Fulham as high as possible and get back into Europe again and play good football.”