The Bristol Post understands that Bristol City will not offer a deal to former Aston Villa full back Kieran Richardson. The former Manchester United youngster has trained with the Championship club for a week but Lee Johnson has decided against handing him a contract.

This could leave the door open for Leeds United and Garry Monk to make their move. The Elland Road club are said to be interested in the left-sided player, who is without a club following his release from Villa Park at the end of last season, where Villa were relegated into the Championship.

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Head Coach Johnson feels as though he doesn’t need to add the experienced player to his roster considering the similar options he has on the left-side. Joe Bryan and Scott Golbourne have the left back position between themselves, whilst at left midfield the former Barnsley boss can call upon the likes of Callum O’Dowda, new signing Jamie Paterson and Lee Tomlin.

Richardson has played over 250 times at Premier League level, including time spent at Fulham and Sunderland. Leeds could look to a new left back considering the uncertain future of Charlie Taylor, who many fear and likely expect him to exit the club either in January or for free at the end of the season. 31-year-old Richardson would help fill that void for new, unless Monk is prepared to give Tyler Denton a run in the side at some point. Nevertheless, the experienced of Richardson would be a useful asset to help the likes of Denton further develop his own career.


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