Report: Sunderland still interested in signing Aston Villa defender Micah Richards

Aston Villa's Micah Richards

Sunderland are believed to be interested in signing Aston Villa defender Micah Richards.

Aston Villa's Micah Richards

According to a report in the Daily Star, Sunderland are still interested in signing Aston Villa defender Micah Richards.

Sunderland’s interest in Richards began when Sam Allardyce was in charge, but the 61-year-old has now left the Stadium of Light to take the England job.

Sunderland manager Sam Allardyce

Sunderland have placed David Moyes in charge, but Richards is said to remain a transfer target for the Wearsiders.

Sunderland are believed to be willing to active Villa’s release clause, which stands at £5 million.

The Black Cats are yet to make a signing this summer, and they are known to be wanting to strengthen their defence.

Richards is capable of playing at centre-back or full-back, meaning that he would provide good cover for Moyes’ team.

New Sunderland manager David Moyes on the pitch at the end of the match

Richards had a disappointing season at Villa last term, as he failed to show his best form.

The England international defender was off the pace, as Villa slipped to a disappointing relegation, but Moyes is still believed to be interested in offering the former Manchester City man a route back into the Premier League.

Aston Villa's Micah Richards has a shot at goal

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