DANNY Rose, on season-long loan deal from Tottenham, will be Sunderland’s preferred defensive replacement if Kieran Richardson leaves the club.
The highly-rated former Leeds United youth-team player moved to White Hart Lane as a teenager in a £1million deal in 2007 only to suffer a serious injury shortly after joining the North London club.
He has yet to make a first-team breakthrough and has a handful of first-team appearances under his belt as deputy to Benoit Assou-Ekotto.
But the career of the former England Under 21 regular, who has been on loan at several championship sides, is believed to be on the upturn again and he was selected for Stuart Pearce’s GB Olympic squad.
And Sunderland will look to give him an opportunity he can’t get at White Hart Lane if Richardson, as expected, joins Fulham before tomorrow’s 11pm transfer deadline.
Cats boss Martin O’Neill went into the summer looking for a specialist left-back to add to his squad and will not want to end the current transfer window in a weaker position than he started as far the full-back role goes.
Three players in his squad are capable of playing solidly there - Richardson, Jack Colback and the currently crocked Phil Bardsley.
If Richardson goes, that will leave only Colback in the short-term, unless a left-back can be found.
And Rose would welcome the chance to relaunch a career which has stalled over the last few years.