Man City defender Richards favours Tottenham option
The London Evening Standard says Richards is keen to leave Eastlands after becoming unsettled in the north west and, while Liverpool and Aston Villa are monitoring the situation, the England international has set his sights on a move to White Hart Lane.
The arrival of Roberto Mancini as Hughes's replacement has not reassured him because he fears the Italian is going to enter the transfer market to bring in some expensive talent from Serie A.
Spurs are believed to be interested in doing a deal for the 21-year-old but boss Harry Redknapp is under pressure to sell before he can buy.
Redknapp would like to sign a defender if he could, with the fitness of Ledley King and Jonathan Woodgate an ongoing concern.