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 By Mike Whalley
Jun 16, 2014

Richards to Reds talk 'wide of mark'

Reports linking Manchester City defender Micah Richards with a summer move to Liverpool are off target, sources have told ESPN FC.

- Kelly: Liverpool targets hint at intrigue to come

Richards, 25 -- who has been with City since the age of 14 -- is set to move on in search of regular first-team football.

He made only two appearances in the Premier League last season, with manager Manuel Pellegrini preferring Pablo Zabaleta at right-back, and his chances are set to be further restricted by the arrival of Bacary Sagna from Arsenal.

Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, whose defence conceded 50 goals as the Reds finished second in the Premier League, is continuing to pursue a deal for Sevilla left-back Alberto Moreno, which remains some way from being agreed.

The manager is also keen on signing Southampton and England midfielder Adam Lallana, and will attempt to make further progress on that move in the coming weeks.

So far this summer, Liverpool have signed forward Rickie Lambert from Southampton for four million pounds, and have agreed a deal in principle to bring German midfielder Emre Can from Bayer Leverkusen.

Rodgers is looking to move a number of players on in order to free up money for new signings, with goalkeeper Pepe Reina for sale after completing a season's loan at Napoli and youngsters Conor Coady, Suso, Samed Yesil and Iago Aspas also available.

Germany-born striker Yesil, signed from Bayer Leverkusen for one million pounds in 2012, has struggled to establish himself at Anfield after suffering cruciate knee ligament damage.

The 20-year-old is a target for Turkish club Trabzonspor, but he has not given up hope of salvaging his Liverpool career.

"Trabzonspor have made an offer to Liverpool," the Liverpool Echo reported him as saying. "However, I have not entered talks with Trabzonspor yet. It's an honour to be associated with them -- but I don't want to leave Liverpool."

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