Transfer gossip (Tues, Aug 23): Tigers go for Villa defender | Boro striker wanted by Canaries | Millers chase Toon forward

HULL CITY have enquired about signing Aston Villa defender Micah Richards.

The Tigers are interested in bringing in the Leeds-raised former England player, 28, capped 13 times by his country, to boost their meagre squad.

Richards is believed to have a £5m release clause in his Villa contract with the player behind Tommy Elphick, ex-Tigers centre-half James Chester and Nathan Baker in the pecking order at Villa Park.

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The 28-year-old has three years remaining on the four-year contract he signed last summer.

Richards endured a difficult campaign last year as he was unable to prevent the Villans conceding 76 Premier League goals, and subsequently being relegated for the first time since 1986-87.

Richards joined Villa on a free transfer from Manchester City in 2015 and the defender played in 28 matches last season, predominantly at centre-back.

Norwich City are interested in signing Middlesbrough striker Jordan Rhodes, with Wolves also keen on the frontman.

The Canaries are looking to sign a forward before the transfer deadline in eight days’ time, with ex-Huddersfield and Blackburn forward Rhodes fitting the bill.

Rhodes joined Boro for £9m in January and ended last season with five goals in eight matches.

He was an unused substitute in the Premier League curtain-raiser with Stoke and was not named in the Boro squad for Sunday’s Wear-Tees derby victory over Sunderland.

The attacker has a prolific record at second-tier level, having fired 91 goals from 189 Championship appearances, while managing 70 in 122 League One matches.

Rotherham United will have to beat off stiff interest to land striking target Adam Armstrong.

Armstrong’s parent club, Newcastle United, are willing to let the 19-year-old leave on loan to further aid his development, with the Millers being one of several clubs interested.