Dempsey has been left out of the Cottagers' first two games after informing Martin Jol he did not want to play for the club again. Liverpool were heavily linked with a move for Dempsey, with Fulham reporting the Reds to the FA about their attempts to sign the 29-year-old American. But the Cottagers could do business with a different Premier League rival after confirming that Sunderland had enquired about Dempsey's availability. Dempsey netted 23 goals in 46 games last season and is believed to command a fee of around £8million.
Black Cats boss Martin O'Neill has already added some attacking threat to his squad with the signings of Steven Fletcher and Adam Johnson.