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Newcastle United Eye January Swoop For Versatile Manchester City Defender

Englishman wants to be given more playing time at Eastlands under Pellegrini in the future. 

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Unsettled Manchester City defender Micah Richards is being targeted by Newcastle United for when the winter transfer window finally opens again for business in the new year in January, according to reports in the Sun.

The occasional England international’s future with the mega-rich Premier League outfit is under serious doubt, with Richards having only really been used as a bit-part player at Eastlands in recent seasons.

Richards. 25, has been in the north west for his whole career to date spanning the past nine seasons, during which time the attacking right back has manage to register ten goals and 12 assists in total in his 234 matches in all competitions for the Premier League giants, including seven goals and 11 assists in his 177 top-flight encounters.

However, in the previous campaign Richards made just eight appearances in total in all competitions for City, including only seven in the Premier League, and with the full back’s current deal with the club now set to expire on June 30 2015, doubts are starting to grow about the player’s future with the Blues.

And with Richards having refused City’s offer of a new long-term deal in the summer as he seeks assurances about how much game time he will be given going forward under new City head coach Manuel Pellegrini, it is understood that Newcastle are waiting in the wings ready to pounce for the Englishman in the new year should he fail to put pen to paper on that contract extension.

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