Manchester City are insisting on cash deals for their fringe players.
The People says City are looking to cut the numbers in Manuel Pellegriniâ€™s squad but their reluctance to agree to loan deals for Matija Nastasic, Micah Richards, Scott Sinclair and John Guidetti means they will face a test of their nerve going into the final week of the transfer window.
But neither club has shown a willingness to meet Cityâ€™s Â£16m asking price.
Richards could end up serving the final 12 months of his contract with no takers on an Â£8m asking price.
But Newcastle, Sunderland and West Ham indicated they would prefer to take Richards only on a loan deal.
Sinclair is also attracting interest from both North East clubs but no offer has been tabled.
And Swedish striker Guidettiâ€™s hopes of a permanent return to Feyenoord have been wrecked after the Dutch club pulled out of a Â£4m deal on Friday.
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