Sunderland’s utility man Kieran Richardson is a transfer target for Tottenham Hotspur reports the Evening Standard.
The 26-year-old former Manchester United star has attracted the attention of Spurs manager Harry Redknapp after a number of impressive performances for the Black Cats this season, which has also seen him re-emerge on the international radar.
Fabio Capello has been tracking Richardson in recent matches and was close to a shock recall to the England set-up for this week’s international friendly in Denmark.
He has been capped for the Three Lions of course, scoring twice on his England debut in 2005 as Sven Goran Eriksson’s side beat the USA 2-1 at Soldier Field in Chicago.
Tottenham scouts have made a wide midfielder a priority signing for the summer ahead of the likely departures of David Bentley and Niko Kranjcar.
However, It is Richardson’s versatility that attracts Redknapp to the ex-Red Devils man, having played right across the midfield this season as well as providing emergency cover at left back.
He has worked briefly under the Spurs manager before as a young player at West Ham but Manchester United snapped him up before he could make his debut.
At Old Trafford, Richardson was primarily deployed as a left midfielder but never really cemented his place in Sir Alex Ferguson’s side and so moved to the Stadium of Light in 2007 reuniting him with former teammate and Manchester United legend Roy Keane who had taken up the manager’s post at Sunderland.
Current Black Cats boss Steve Bruce will be in no rush to sell the player but it is believed that the idea of moving to White Hart Lane would interest Richardson, particularly if Tottenham qualify for the Champions League again.
But with two years remaining on his existing deal, Tottenham will have to come up with a generous offer in order to make the move possible.