Martin O'Neill: 'Kieran Richardson wants to leave'

Kieran Richardson
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Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill says that versatile wideman Kieran Richardson is seeking a move away from the Stadium of Light because of "family issues".

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has revealed that versatile wideman Kieran Richardson is seeking a move away from the club.

The London-born 27-year-old, who played 90 minutes at left-back during the Black Cats' 0-0 draw with Arsenal on Saturday, is believed to be keen on a return to the capital.

"Kieron came to see me a while ago in the last transfer window. For family issues and things, he thought there maybe needed a change," said O'Neill.

"No-one has come in and made an offer. That, though, does not mean there is nothing happening, I just don't know.

"But if he performs like he did against Arsenal, I would like to keep him."

Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United are reportedly keeping tabs on the player.

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