Sky Bet League One bottom club Coventry City are understood to be in talks with former Manchester United winger Kieran Richardson over a short term move to the Ricoh Arena according to the Birmingham Mail.

The 32-year-old Greenwich born wideman is currently a free agent after leaving Sky Bet Championship club Cardiff City in December with The Bluebirds unwilling to offer the player an extension to his short term contract.

It has now been reported that basement boys Coventry City are looking to offer Richardson a deal until the end of the season as the club look to make a unlikely escape from relegation to the fourth tier of English football. The Sky Blues are currently 11 points adrift of safety with just 15 league matches remaining. Russell Slade’s side have not won on any of their last 15 league outings.

Former England international Richardson started his career with Manchester United where he scored 11 goals in 81 appearances. In summer 2007, the winger joined Sunderland in a reported £5.5 million deal and the player enjoyed over five years on Wearside.

On August transfer deadline day in 2012, Richardson moved to Fulham where he spent two seasons before having spells with Aston Villa and Cardiff City.

Should a deal between Coventry City and the winger be agreed, Richardson could make his debut for the Sky Blues in Saturday’s home fixture with Gillingham.

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