It has been reported by the British newspaper that England international defender Richards will join the Villans this week.
The 26-year-old will arrive at Villa Park as a free agent, having already decided to leave Manchester City when his current contract runs out at the end of the month.
Richards is a right-back, but The Daily Mail claim that Villa boss Sherwood is considering deploying him in central defence in the 2015-16 season.
“Despite spending most of his career as a right back, moving inside has always been viewed as a natural progression for Richards and is something that has always appealed to the 26-year-old,” stated the report.
It added: “With Ron Vlaar's future at Villa Park unclear, Sherwood may have a ready-made replacement for the Dutchman should he leave this summer.”
If Ron Vlaar does leave Villa this summer, then moving Richards to central defence seems a good idea.
It will mean that Villa will not have to sign a new centre-back, and they will also get a versatile defender.
It will be interesting to see how Richards plays as a centre-back. The Englishman’s progress in recent years has been impeded by injuries and lack of regular action, and perhaps at the start of his Villa career he should be played as a right-back.