Deal on the table: Flop defender offered summer transfer to top-flight club
By Harry Sykes
Aston Villa flop Kieran Richardson will be offered a playing contract by Spanish club Granada this summer.
Tony Adams, who is manager of the La Liga strugglers, has explained that he is trying to entice Richardson and another former Villa player Nigel Reo-Coker to the club.
Reo-Coker and Richardson have been on trial with Adams’ squad but the Spanish outfit cannot afford to give them contracts just yet.
“We will be offering them deals for next season,” Adams told Sky Sports, as quoted by their website. “However, we have a cash flow situation at the moment that doesn’t allow us to bring them in.”
Former England international Richardson, 32, was part of the Villa squad that was relegated from the Premier League last season, which ended a difficult two years for him at the club.
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The left-back has also had more successful spells at Manchester United, Sunderland, West Brom, Fulham and Cardiff.
He is currently a free agent after his short association at Cardiff ended in December.
Granada are second bottom in La Liga, seven points from safety with six games remaining and have lost their first two matches under Adams.
They are at home to 15th-placed Malaga on Tuesday night and could be relegated at the weekend if results go against them.
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