Saints chairman Rupert Lowe is reported to want the sum paid in full straight away, while Spurs are said to want to pay the fee in instalments.
Richards' agent Ian Elliott is quoted as saying: "The clubs are near to agreement but there is still some way to go before it is sorted."
The Express reports on the fact that Tim Sherwood is planning to donate all of his win bonuses to the disaster fund set up to help the families of those killed in New York and Tim is urging other players to follow his lead.
"I wanted to do something to help and this is the best way I can think of," said Tim.
Nearly all the papers carry reports saying Spurs are prepared to pay £8.2m for Southampton defender Dean Richards - the snag being how the fee is paid.