Aston Villa media round-up: Sunderland eye Richardson, Lescott future in doubt

A selection of stories in the media involving Aston Villa in the last 24 hours.

Sunderland are considering an approach for Villa left-back Kieran Richardson, according to the Mirror.

The 30-year old spent five seasons at the Stadium of Light between 2007 and 2012 and has found himself slipping down the pecking order at Villa following the arrival of Jordan Amavi.

A fee of £2 million will reportedly be enough for the Black Cats to clinch a deal for the former Manchester United youth player.

The Birmingham Mail report that former Arsenal defender Philippe Senderos is at the centre of a tug of war between Turkish clubs Rizespor and Antalyaspor.

The Villa defender is no longer in Tim Sherwood’s plans after falling to fifth-choice centre-back and the club are looking to cash in on the 30-year old before the close of the window.

Villa target Joleon Lescott faces an uncertain future, as reported by the Telegraph.

Sherwood saw a bid for the former Manchester City man rejected by West Brom last month, but the 33-year old has found himself out of favour after the arrival of James Chester, and was dropped for the Baggies last Premier League game.

Meanwhile, Wolves manager Kenny Jackett has played down any notion of the club selling Benik Afobe this summer, following reported interest from Villa.

Speaking to the Birmingham Mail, Jackett said:

“However long he has been here we are looking to keep our best players and try to build round them and try to improve. That’s the curve we want to be on.”

“He is happy here, he works hard and has a central role and place in the team.”

Finally, Gabby Agbonlahor has heaped praise on new team-mate Rudy Gestede in quotes published by the Birmingham Mail.

“He’s my dream strike partner…He reminds me of John Carew with his presence,” said the Villa striker,

“He’s probably the best I’ve seen and played with in terms of aerial presence.”

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