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West Ham rival Arsenal for Man City defender Richards

West Ham United are battling Arsenal for wantaway Manchester City fullback Micah Richards.

The Daily Express says with Arsenal's Bacary Sagna set to link up with Manuel Pellegrini, Arsene Wenger is keen to make the most of the situation by bringing the versatile Richards to the Emirates, but Sam Allardyce is confident the former England international can successfully rebuild his reputation at Upton Park.

The Hammers gaffer knows the pressure is on after being told he must bring attacking football back to east London, and feels that Richards' pace and power makes him the perfect player to command the right-side of the field.

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