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Sunderland closing on Man City defender Richards

Sunderland are closing on a deal for Manchester City defender Micah Richards.

The Mirror says Richards was locked in talks with Sunderland on Saturday night about a season-long loan from Manchester City.

City told the former England defender he could leave after he refused to sign a new contract that would have seen him take a significant drop on his £65,000-a-week wages.

The champions slapped an £8million asking price on Richards' head - but there were no takers. Now Sunderland have moved in with an offer to take Richards, 26, to the Stadium of Light for the final year of his contract.

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