Transfer talk - Sunderland old boy Richardson set for Keane reunion at Villa

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FORMER Sunderland utility man Kieran Richardson is on the verge of joining Aston Villa.

Richardson was part of the Fulham side relegated from the Premier League last season, yet he is now set for an immediate return to the top flight after Villa agreed a fee with the Cottagers.

The 29-year-old’s arrival at Villa Park will see him reunite with ex-Sunderland manager and new Villa assistant Roy Keane, who brought him to the Stadium of Light in the summer of 2007.

Villa are also on the trail of ex-Sunderland loanee Nicklas Bendtner after his release by Arsenal.