The 26-year old defender is set to leave Manchester City as a free agent when his contract expires at the end of June and is set to join Villa.
Full-back Richards spent last season on loan with Italian club Fiorentina is a reported target for the likes of Liverpool, Sunderland and Newcastle United but multiple reports suggest Villa have won the race for his services.
During his time at City, the 13-time England international won two Premier League titles, the FA Cup and the League Cup, appearing more than 240 times for the club.
Aston Villa near deal for Man City defender Richards
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