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4th Sep, 2016 | 2:13pm

Leeds in two-horse race to sign former England left-back - report

By Will Butcher

Leeds are keeping tabs on versatile defender Kieran Richardson as they look to take advantage of the free agent market, according to a report.

The 31-year-old is available on a free after being released by relegated Championship giants Aston Villa, and Garry Monk could look to sign the former England international to provide cover for in-demand left-back Charlie Taylor.

The Daily Mirror claimed in their Sunday edition (page 69) that the former West Brom utility player was interesting Leeds, as well as Bristol City manager Lee Johnson.

The former Manchester United academy graduate has fallen from grace after a dismal stay with Villa. It’s a long way from his final-day relegation heroics with West Brom, and two goals against USA on his England debut in 2005.

Richardson played 41 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.

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Leeds could look to sign the dead-ball specialist, with only Taylor as a recognised first-team left back. Last year’s Player of the Season has less than 12 months remaining on his Elland Road contract, while youngster Tyler Denton has made just one senior appearance for the Yorkshire club.

In other Leeds transfer news, this Algerian centre-back could be on his way to Yorkshire to provide defensive cover.