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Aston Villa & West Ham battle for Man City outcast

Villa Park and Upton Park sides among raft of clubs chasing Etihad Stadium defender.

A host of Premier League sides are keen on landing loaned out Man City man Micah Richards according to the Metro.

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The 26 year old defender is currently with Serie A side Fiorentina but is out of contract in the summer and could be picked up on a free transfer.

Aston Villa Everton, Stoke, West Ham and Southampton are all keen on bringing in Richards as the versatile defender looks to re-ignite his career.

Richards has been at Man City since the age of 13 and had initially impressed once he had broke into the first team set-up, collecting a number of England caps whilst in his pomp, but in recent seasons he had struggled to make an impact and has only made six Serie A starts since moving to Florence.

The Birmingham born defender can fill right-back and central defensive berths effectively and could be a terrific free transfer acquisition when the transfer window reopens.

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