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Pearce denies Chelsea approach for Richards

Amidst some strong reports that Chelsea have (or are set to) make an approach for Micah Richards, Stuart Pearce has moved swiftly to deny the clubs have spoken about the player - although he did confirm he has been in touch with Chelsea regarding the possibility of a move for their players:

What Pearce did point (and quite justifiably) was that as opposed to when Shaun Wright-Phillips was sold the club do not necessarily need the money as the overall debt has become more manageable over the past eighteen months - although I'm sure certain aspects of the club would welcome an extra £20 million into the coffers.

Chelsea's need for defensive reinforcements is obvious looking at the goals they have conceded this season - although I believe much of this has to do with the loss of Petr Cech, and this has been even moreso given the likelihood of the prolonged absence of John Terry.

But would Chelsea see Richards as an immediate answer to defensive problems rather than a long-term prospect? For a fee of £20 million surely they would be able to go out and sign a more ready made defender, someone who has been established in the game and comes with a great more experience than Richards does?

Although the rumours have been around before and it don't forget that the transfer window is due to open again in a couple of days time which gets the hacks sharpening their pencils, it is potentially worrying that reports are being carried so heavily by the likes of the BBC and Sky.

Get ready to start counting down the days in January.