Arsenal to make move for Sunderland winger Richardson

Sunderland midfielder Kieran Richardson has emerged as a shock transfer target for Arsenal in the January transfer window, according to The Daily Mirror.

The 27 year old has been suffering with a virus and has not trained recently, which is why he missed the Sunderland win over league leaders Manchester City on Sunday. Richardson is keen for a move back to the capital and the former West Ham trainee would be interested in playing for Arsenal. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is reportedly a big fan of the Sunderland man and will be looking to make an offer to the Black Cats in due course.

Richardson has two goals so far this season and has been a regular in the Sunderland side before his recent virus. The 27 year old’s ability to feature at left back could attract Wenger, as his side are suffering from a defensive crisis of late. Andre Santos and Kieran Gibbs are out until February at the earliest, so the addition of a natural left footed player at left back could help Wenger’s push for the Champions League.

Any potential move would cost the Gunners more than the £5.5 million Sunderland paid Manchester United for Richardson back in 2007. Wenger is keen to improve and sees the midfielder as an ideal utility player for his side should they suffer more injuries. Richardson could be happy with the move, should Arsenal make Champions League qualification and strengthen in January.

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