As reported on ClaretandHugh last week the club are doing all they can to land the Manchester City defender on loan.
However, Sunderland boss Gus Poyet is also keenly interested in the player and represents competition to our hopes and Italian giants Fiorentina are also in the frame.
With Mohamed Diame being chased by Hull, QPR, and Palace – Richards could become the second quality loan signing in three days following Alex Song’s arrival although competition is intense.
Irons negotiators were locked in talks with Manchester City all last week over a loan deal but the champions were hoping to sell the player rather than let him out on loan.
However, unless there’s a late bid- a loan move to the Boleyn could happen.
A well placed source told ClaretandHugh exclsuively: “We are still working on the Richards situation. It’s fifty fifty.
“As far as Diame is concerned it looks at the moment like Hull still but Palace and QPR are interested.”