By Amir Mir

Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett has confirmed the club are interested in signing former Aston Villa defender Kieran Richardson.

Rowett admires the talents of former England international Richardson despite a lean time at Villa Park.

The former Manchester United academy graduate was released by Villa in June after two dismal years with the club.

Richardson played 33 games for the Midlands giants, but was unable to cement a regular place in the team as he continued to play a bit-part role for managers Paul Lambert, Tim Sherwood, Remi Garde and Erick Black.

However, despite the 31-year-old recently playing for the claret and blue club, Rowett has admitted that the versatile left-sided player is on his shortlist of targets.

Asked about Richardson, Rowett told the Birmingham Mail: “Kieran was a player we looked at. Listen, he’s played 14 years in the Premier League. He’s got blistering pace which we know in a counter attacking side can be effective. He can play left back and he can play left wing.

“We all know what team he played for last which might put certain players off, but I just look at the quality of player and have to try and put a lot of those things to one side.

“Of course he’s a player that… if I say ‘we’ve been interested in’ that would suggest we’re no longer interested in. He’s certainly a player that’s on our list.”

If a move does transpire than it will mean Richardson will play for his third Midland club, after playing for West Brom in 2005 and most recently Villa.

Villa knocked their bitter rivals out of the League cup last season, as they prepare to meet once again in the Championship on October 30 at St Andrews.

In other Aston Villa transfer news, this Premier League striker reveals he would love to join the Championship club.