Arsenal boss Wenger stalls Williams talks to focus on Man City's Richards

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is being offered encouragement in his pursuit of Manchester City defender Micah Richards.

The Daily Star says Wenger has put a deal for £11m-rated Swansea skipper Ashley Williams on hold while he explores the possibility of signing Richards from Manchester City.

The Gunners have enquired about his availability and the 25-year-old is understood to be keen on the move.

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