NEWCASTLE United will not be pursuing Manchester City winger Scott Sinclair – but could still move for his team-mate Micah Richards.
The City duo were linked with a switch to the Tyneside yesterday in a double swoop by the Magpies.
Manager Alan Pardew is an admirer of Sinclair, having worked with him previously at Charlton, and was interested in bringing him to St James’s Park last year, only for the move to be blocked.
However, with the likes of Remy Cabella, Yoan Gouffran, Moussa Sissoko and Rolando Aarons capable of filling the wide positions, along with Gabriel Obertan who has had something of a renaissance this summer, a winger is not a priority for Pardew.
The United boss said last week that his squad was full-up, and that he wasn’t looking at bringing anyone into the club.
“I actually haven’t got a spare place on the roster,” he said.
“I think, ideally, managers always want more players, and they always want more quality, but I’m not going to bemoan where I’m at.
“There’s no one imminently coming into this building at the moment. We’ve got a good group and I’m getting on with that.”
However, Richards has been on Newcastle’s radar all summer, and should Newcastle sell a defender before the close of the transfer window, they could step up their interest.
Steven Taylor and Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa have both been linked with a move away from St James’s Park, and former England international would offer cover at both centre-half and right-back.
Richards has 12 months left on his City contract, and has been told he can leave the Etihad Stadium after turning down a new deal.
City boss Manuel Pellegrini confirmed the defender wasn’t part of his plans, and aslo plans to let Sinclair leave.
He said: “Micah Richards didn’t want to continue here because he wants to play more – he had a contract to renew but didn’t want it.
“So we have three or four players extra – Scott Sinclair and John Guidetti are also important players but I don’t like to have so many in the squad.
“I think 22 players is enough and they are all players who have a lot of quality. It is good for them to play.”
Richards has had an injury-hit last couple of seasons, and has started just 10 Premier League games in that time.
He is available for £5m, but is on big wages at City.