Sunderland are looking to conclude a deal for Fulham striker David Healy before the end of the August transfer window, according to the Belfast Telegraph.

Fulham boss Roy Hodgson has conceded that the Northern Ireland legend is not a starter at Craven Cottage after the summer signings of Bobby Zamora and Andy Johnson. Healy, who has struggled to replicate his outstanding international form at club level, was not even on the bench as Fulham’s season began with a disappointing defeat at Hull City on Saturday – and that was with Andy Johnson out injured.

Healy had featured regularly under Hodgson’s predecessor Lawrie Sanchez, who managed him so effectively at Windsor Park, but he scored six times in 34 outings last season. Keane is eager to bring Healy to the Stadium of Light and has reportedly proposed a swap deal with Dickson Etuhu, who Fulham are rumoured to be keen on signing, heading to Craven Cottage.