Fulham close in on Richardson

Sky Sports understands the 27-year-old is edging closer to a

return to London and he is scheduled to hold talks with Martin Jol

on Thursday evening to finalise the switch.

Richardson has been given permission to speak with the Cottagers

after the Black Cats reluctantly accepted a bid for the

midfielder.

Martin O’Neill had wanted the former Manchester United starlet

to remain at the Stadium of Light but was sympathetic to the

player’s pleas to return to the capital for family reasons.

Armed with the ?15 million from the sale of Mousa Dembele to

Tottenham, Martin Jol now looks set to splurge the cash.

Richardson is likely to join Dimitar Berbatov in west London

after he successfully completed a medical ahead of his potential ?4

million transfer.

Clint Dempsey’s future at the club still remains uncertain with

Liverpool and Sunderland both vying for his signature before the

transfer window closes.