He declared: "If I could choose anyone I'd like to see my good mate Jermain Defoe sign for us. I think it'd be a great move for him too."
The versatile defender also acknowledges Joey Barton's move to Newcastle during the summer was the best thing for all parties following his training-ground bust-up with Ousmane Dabo.
Richards said: "He'd been involved in a number of previous incidents at the club and I think he probably just thought he needed a fresh start.".