SUNDERLAND have been linked with a fresh move for out-of-contract Manchester City defender Micah Richards.
The Black Cats were offered Richards’ services on a season-long loan last summer, but then head coach Gus Poyet opted against the move.
Poyet didn’t think that Richards would fit into his playing philosophy, with Sunderland instead landing Liverpool’s Sebastian Coates on a loan deal.
Richards ultimately joined Serie A’s Fiorentina on loan and has made 18 appearances for the Italian side in all competitions this season.
But the 26-year-old’s Man City contract expires this summer and he will leave the Etihad on a free transfer.
Sunderland will be in the market for defensive reinforcements at the end of the campaign, regardless of which division they are in, with Wes Brown and Anthony Reveillere out of contract, and Coates and Santiago Vergini only at the Stadium of Light on loan, albeit the latter is expected to pen a permanent deal.