‘A summer swoop’ for Manchester City’s Micah Richards is being prepared by Liverpool as they seek to rejuvenate a player who has drifted to the periphery at the Etihad.
It’s a piece of sleight of hand the Anfield club have pulled off before when signing Glen Johnson, who had previously failed to assert himself at Chelsea, from Portsmouth.
The West Ham product is in line to make his 172nd appearance for the Merseysiders when they seek to record a 9/25-rated sixth successive away win on the hop at Crystal Palace.
Nonetheless, he is in the final year of his contract come the end of the season, a possible reason for Liverpool interest in Man City man Richards.
The Citizens man’s career looked set for the firmament after a Manchester derby winning man of the match performance at centre-half back in 2007.
Less than a month later he’d been named City’s youngest ever captain, yet since then he has drifted to the periphery, both positionally and in terms of squad status, with injuries playing a part.
Still only 25, the Birmingham born bulldozer has been used exclusively as a right back across a modest nine appearances this term and it is partly his positional versatility that appeals to Reds boss Brendan Rodgers.
The Englishman, like Johnson, enters the last year of his contract in the summer, yet City will look for a fee in the region of £8m for their man.
Continued problems with getting Bacary Sagna’s new contract signed at Arsenal are thought to be about more than just finding a biro that works and with City holding a candle for the Frenchman, Richards has all the more reason to consider a switch.
However, with the emergence of Jon Flanagan, more naturally a right back, this term and Jose Enrique likely to be back in contention for the youngster’s adopted spot on the left in 2014/15, there will be Kopites who question the economic sense of such a move.