Sunderland look set to make a move for Aston Villa defender Micah Richards, according to the Express.
The England international has a reported release clause of £5m in his Villa contract, and Sunderland are reportedly prepared to meet that clause in order to prize away the former Manchester City defender.
Richards played a big part for the Villains last term, although that part was not exactly a success as the club were relegated from the Premier League with plenty of games to spare after conceding over 70 goals.
Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce’s future is currently under review following talks with the FA over the England vacancy, but this will not stop Sunderland making their move for Richards.
Aston Villa manager Roberto Di Matteo is keen to put his own stamp on the team and will be happy for some players to leave. With Tommy Elphick brought in already, Di Matteo may well see Richards as surplus to requirements and allow him to move on.
Villa open their Championship campaign with a tough away fixture at last seasons play off final losers Sheffield Wednesday.
Villa fans, what do you think? Happy to see Richards move on? How do you think you will do next season under Di Matteo? Let us know in the comments!