Sunderland and Newcastle United have both informed Micah Richards' agent that they are interested in signing the defender, according to a report in the Northern Echo.
Manchester City are set to sell Richards in the summer and both Sunderland and Newcastle apparently believe he would be a good addition.
Their chances of signing the England international are likely to rely on staying in the Premier League, with their top-flight futures far from certain.
Sunderland and Newcastle are two of the clubs fighting against the drop and if they did fall into the Championship then their chances of signing Richards would be ended.
However, at the moment, the pair are reportedly hopeful of convincing the 26-year-old that a move to the North East would be good for his career.
Richards has been farmed out on loan by City this season - with the defender spending a year playing in Serie A with Fiorentina - and he will be hoping to find a permanent home soon.
If Richards did join Sunderland or Newcastle he would be likely to go straight into their first-team and the two clubs will hope that by showing an interest in him before the transfer window is even open they will have jumped ahead of the rest of the queue.