DANNY Rose was set to complete his deadline day move to Sunderland today to replace Kieran Richardson as the Black Cats left-back.
And Sunderland were today linked with a last-gasp swoop for another Tottenham star, midfielder Jermaine Jenas.
But there is little prospect of Clint Dempsey moving to the Stadium of Light, with Sunderland’s interest in the Fulham midfielder confined to an inquiry before the arrival of Adam Johnson.
The move for former Jenas is thought to be on a permanent basis as Martin O’Neill looks to bolster his squad ahead of tonight’s 11pm deadline.
Rose was putting the finishing touches to a season-long loan from Spurs today after Sunderland couldn’t agree a fee with Ukrainian outfit Dnipro for Croatian international full-back Ivan Strinic.
Richardson’s imminent move to Fulham would leave Sunderland short of options at left-back, with midfielder Jack Colback deployed there in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup victory over Morecambe.
“Kieran is speaking to Fulham and that might well go through,” said boss Martin O’Neill.
“That would obviously leave us with a position to fill at left-back.
“We did put in some offers for what I consider really decent players on the Continent, but we never got round to matching their valuations.
“If Kieran does go, we would be looking at someone (to replace him) and I am pretty confident that we would be able to resolve that.”
Richardson held successful talks with Fulham yesterday after Sunderland accepted a fee of around £2m earlier this week.
And with Fulham boss Martin Jol vowing to deploy Richardson in his favoured midfield role, the former Manchester United man’s time at Sunderland is set to reach a conclusion before tonight’s 11pm deadline.
“We are talking to Richardson, and hopefully he will come to us,” said Jol.
“A fee has been agreed, and I’m confident it will happen before the deadline. I see him playing as a winger.”
Jol also confirmed that Sunderland are one of the clubs to have registered an interest in Dempsey, who has been frozen out at Fulham after expressing his desire to leave Craven Cottage.
But Sunderland made their inquiry several weeks ago, before the £10m signing of Johnson, and have not followed up that interest with an offer, with Aston Villa having a bid accepted for Dempsey today.