SAFC transfer latest on Clint Dempsey and Michael Dawson

SUNDERLAND are not expected to pursue an interest in either Clint Dempsey or Michael Dawson in the current transfer window.

Despite feverish speculation in the media and at the bookies yesterday on Dempsey (left) coming to Stadium of Light, SportMail understands that neither player is on the club’s radar in the wake of the Black Cats spending £22m to bring Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson to the club last Friday.

Dempsey is in limbo at Fulham, having said he doesn’t want to play for the club any more.

The American was anticipating a dream move to Liverpool this summer but that now looks on the verge of collapse.

Fulham have reported Liverpool to the FA for an illegal approach and the Merseyside outfit are beginning to distance themselves from a proposed £8m move for the player.

Sunderland were said to have stepped up their interest in Dempsey yesterday, looking to take advantage of the uncertain situation at Craven Cottage.

But £8m for Dempsey and a similar figure for Spurs’ centre-half Dawson – in areas of the pitch where Martin O’Neill feels the club are well-served – does not really make sense.

Both players would also want wages that would require a huge financial commitment from Sunderland and with the Black Cats having already splashed out more than £20m, more big signings in central midfield and central defence are highly unlikely when the main priority is to find a specialist left-back.

Meanwhile, Kieran Richardson is edging towards the exit door, with the Sunderland man’s suitors finally showing their hand.

And Richardson is not likely to be the last out of the Stadium of Light before Friday’s transfer deadline day, with Hull City continuing their pursuit of Ahmed Elmohamady on a season-long loan.

Richardson has been linked with a move away from Sunderland all summer, with less than 12 months remaining on the utility man’s contract.

The 27-year-old has made it clear to Sunderland boss Martin O’Neill he wants to bring an end to his five-year stay on Wearside and move closer to his London roots with Fulham among those interested.

- GRAEME ANDERSON