Micah Richards was rumoured to be heading to St James’ Park but with Tottenham previously linked to the player that situation could be subject to change.
Set to depart the Etihad this summer, Micah Richards has been linked with a series of Premier League clubs all keen to recruit the 26-year-old full-back.
Newcastle United are the latest team reported to have edged ahead in the race to recruit the one-time England international, as the Magpies aim to recruit more English talent ahead of the Premier League season.
However those plans could be put in jeopardy should Tottenham Hotspur rekindle their interest in Richards, who was rumoured to be a target for the north London club as part of a deal that could yet see the Lilywhites shell out up to £7 million for a player once valued at £15 million.
Spurs suffered a series of heavy defeats at the hands of their top four rivals last season and new manager Mauricio Pochettino will be eager to avoid a repeat next season.
As such defensive reinforcements are a must at White Hart Lane, following a campaign in which the likes of Kyle Walker and Danny Rose have failed to provide the kind of consistency required at full-back to have a serious tilt at Champions League qualification.
Richards could be the ideal addition bringing plenty in the way of experience as well as versatility with the 26-year-old capable of playing at full-back or in central defence.
The former Manchester City favourite could favour a move to Tottenham too and the opportunity to re-establish himself in the England national team setup under Roy Hodgson.
Any interest from Spurs could serious hinder Newcastle’s hopes of recruiting Richards, though they could yet face competition from the likes of Liverpool and Arsenal, both of whom are thought to be keen admirers of the defender.
And if Tottenham are serious about signing the Englishman then a substantial fee and contract offer could well be required.
Richards is preparing to leave the Etihad after the club moved to bring in Bacary Sagna from Arsenal.