Liverpool target Aly Cissokho has moved a step closer to a summer switch to Anfield after Manchester City pulled out of the race to sign the highly rated Lyon left-back.

The 23-year-old French international was thought to be high on the list of the Eastlands outfit, but according to talkSPORT their interest has waned.

After Roberto Mancini sealed the signing of Gael Clichy from Arsenal on Monday, the Citizens decided to drop their inquiry in the £10million rated Ligue 1 star.

That paves the way for Liverpool boss Kenny Dalglish to step up his pursuit unopposed as he continues his search for a player to fill the Reds’ left-back void.

Speaking back in April, Cissokho intimated he would consider a move to the Barclays Premier League saying:


"Lyon is a city and a club that I love. I'm happy in France but if I ever had to change clubs I would go to the Premier League because they practice a style of football similar to how I play on the field."

Those comments will encourage Liverpool who this morning confirmed the acquisition of long-term target Charlie Adam, joining from Blackpool for an undisclosed fee.

He becomes the Reds’ second summer signing following in the footsteps of Jordan Henderson, who moves to Anfield from Sunderland in a deal worth an initial £16million.

As Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group look to continue funding the overhaul of the playing squad, they will be looking for an immediate return from Dalglish and Co. when the season gets underway in 2011/12.

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