Richardson training with Cardiff City

Kieran Richardson

Kieran Richardson made 15 appearances for Aston Villa last season

Cardiff City boss Neil Warnock says Kieran Richardson has been training with the club and a decision on whether he signs will be made on Wednesday.

The former Manchester United winger is a free agent after leaving Aston Villa during the summer.

Warnock hopes a deal can be done before Cardiff play Bristol City on Friday.

“I’ve had Kieran down this week. But it is a matter of chatting to him and seeing what the situation is,” the Cardiff City first team manager said.

“I would like to take him on board. We’ll probably make a decision today. We’ll have a full session with him today and I said I’d have a chat with him after training.”

If former England international Richardson does sign then he will be Warnock’s fourth signing since his arrival at the Bluebirds, after defender Sol Bamba, winger Junior Hoilett and striker Marouane Chamakh all joined.

Ex-Arsenal and Crytal Palace striker Chamakh has only signed a short term deal until January and Warnock says that he must prove himself if he wants to extend his stay.

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Marouane Chamakh joined Crystal Palace from Arsenal in August 2013

“He has a bit of a reputation in certain areas,” Warnock added.

“One or two people in the club mentioned to me about his reputation and they mentioned three of four things that he’s renowned for. I added a couple to that, hence why we’ve taken him until January.”

“I think he’s changed as a person. His partner is here with him and he’s got a little baby now. And I think that will be good for him.”

The Moroccan international was released by Crystal Palace in July after failing to score in 12 games last season and had an unsuccessful trial this summer with West Brom.

“It’s not a long term commitment from the club. It gives him an opportunity to show what he can do” Warnock continued.

“He can play up front or in the hole behind. He’s got a good football brain. So it’s a matter of if he enjoys it he’ll stay. If he doesn’t do a job he’ll leave.

“He’s had a few offers over the past few days from abroad. But he wants to stay in England.”

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