No Arsenal approach for Kieran Richardson - O'Neill

Kieran Richardson
Richardson has made 134 appearances for Sunderland since joining in July 2007

Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has said there has been no approach from Premier League rivals Arsenal regarding utility player Kieran Richardson.

Rumours suggesting the 27-year-old was a target for the Gunners surfaced earlier this week, with the January transfer window now up and running.

"Arsenal have not been in touch with me," O'Neill told BBC Newcastle.

"I asked the chief executive [Margaret Byrne] as well and there hasn't been anyone in touch yet."

Richardson joined the Black Cats from Manchester United in July 2007, and has made 134 appearances for the club.

O'Neill keen to retain Sunderland depth

The former England international has been a regular first-team player under both former boss Steve Bruce and O'Neill this season, scoring twice in 20 appearances.

"What I've said is I will keep players informed on what is happening," the Northern Irishman added.

"Obviously I don't want to usher players to leave the football club, I would rather think about stabilising things here and hopefully we can progress.

"It's the month, regardless of whether you're doing business or not, you're going to be linked with players, clubs are going to be linked with some of our players.

"At this minute we're hanging in there."

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