Joe Hart, Micah Richards and Joleon Lescott have been linked with January moves away from the Etihad Stadium as Manuel Pellegrini could be set to further re-shape his squad, according to the Manchester Evening News.

With Roy Hodgson looking at his possible World Cup squad for the summer, the England hopefuls will want to ensure they have first-team football to give themselves a fighting chance of making the plane.

Joe Hart's controversial omission from City's lineup of late has stoked rumours that Pellegrini is set on bringing in a new goalkeeper and dumping England's No.1 completely.

Victor Valdes and Julio Cesar have been mooted as potential targets to replace the struggling England stopper, but at the minute it's former second choice Costel Pantilimon who's benefiting from Hart's exclusion.

Another England international could be on their way out at the Etihad as Arsenal are lining up a move for Micah Richards as a possible replacement for Bacary Sagna, whose contract runs out at the end of the summer.

Richards may be keen to move on in the hope of guaranteed first-team football as he finds himself teetering on the brink of a regular starting berth in Pellegrini's side.

Meanwhile, former City manager Mark Hughes is keen to tempt defender Joleon Lescott into reuniting with him at Stoke's Britannia Stadium.

Lescott has found himself way down the pecking order at the Etihad over the last few seasons and if he hopes to get a spot in Roy Hodgson's World Cup squad, he will know he needs first-team football.

If all three are shipped out during January, City fans will be hopeful of further reinforcements and Roy Hodgson will have a stronger, more fit pool of players to choose from.

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