Dempsey and Dawson not on Sunderland radar

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SUNDERLAND are not expected to pursue an interest in either Clint Dempsey or Michael Dawson in the current transfer window.

Despite feverish speculation in the media and at the bookies yesterday on Dempsey coming to the Stadium of Light, the Echo understands that neither player is on the club’s radar in the wake of the Black Cats spending £22million to bring Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson to the club last Friday.

Dempsey is in limbo at Fulham, having said he doesn’t want to play for the club any more.

The American was anticipating a dream move to Liverpool this summer, but that now looks on the verge of collapse.

Fulham have reported Liverpool to the FA for an illegal approach and the Merseyside outfit are beginning to distance themselves from a proposed £8m move for the player.

Sunderland were said to have stepped up their interest in Dempsey yesterday, looking to take advantage of the uncertain situation at Craven Cottage.

But £8m for Dempsey and a similar figure for Spurs centre-half Dawson – in areas of the pitch where Martin O’Neill feels the club are well-served – does not really make sense.

Both players would also want wages that would require a huge financial commitment from Sunderland and with the Black Cats having already splashed out more than £20m, more big signings in central midfield and central defence are highly unlikely when the main priority is to find a specialist left-back.

Sunderland would appreciate the quality of both players – Dawson an England international with still a great deal to offer; Dempsey the scorer of 23 goals in 46 games last season – but both are overly expensive and would not play in the areas where the squad is weakest.