The Newcastle Sunday Sun is reporting today that Newcastle United have launched a bid to bring Manchester City and England defender Micah Richards to the club.
Micah Richards – played for Keegan at Manchester City
And the Newcastle manager has also enquired about Bayern Munich 6’5″ center-back Daniel van Buyten.
Keegan has admitted he has spoken to a couple of agents about players, since starting his second spell as Newcastle manager last Wednesday and we reported earlier today.
But the Sunday Sun is identifying those two agents as those who represent Richards and Belgian star Van Buyten. Both players of course have played under him at Manchester City, with Van Buyton there on loan in 2004.
Keegan is hoping he can lure Richards to Tyneside, with a top wages deal plus the opportunity to play for the new Newcastle United, which has to be an attraction to most players.
Richards is said to want to raise his weekly wage from Â£15,000 to Â£70,000, but Manchester City are reportedly offering Â£45K a week.
Meanwhile, while Belgian center-half Van Buyten will fight for a first-team place at Beyern, Keegan has not been put off from making a move for the 29-year-old by his agent (surprise, surprise – more money for his agent).
The 29 year old Daniel Van Buyten was impressive for Keegan during a loan spell at Manchester City in 2004, and the playerâ€™s agent, Christophe Henrotay, told the Sunday Sun today:
â€œThere is interest from Newcastle â€“ an enquiry has been made.â€
â€œAt present, Daniel has a job to do with Bayern and he would like, even if he is not playing at the moment, to do his job there.
â€œBut I have said to Kevin (Keegan): â€˜Anything can happen. The truth today is not the truth tomorrow.â€™
â€œDaniel wants to keep going with Bayern, but he wants to know about Kevinâ€™s situation over there.”
â€œHe is very glad that Kevin is getting information on him. He appreciated Kevinâ€™s management at Manchester City.â€
Keegan is also said to be interested in Chelsea left-back Wayne Bridge and winger Shaun Wright-Phillips, who also played for him at Manchester City, and we have already reported that interest.
Blackburnâ€™s David Bentley and Dundee Unitedâ€™s Barry Robson are other midfielders said to be on Kevin’s list of potential acquisitions. So the number of players we are linked with grows yet again.
We’ll keep a list , for the sake of posterity, and publish it at the end of January, when we know exactly who will have already joined the club.
Some of those mentioned of course will be targets for the summer transfer window too, when it should be a little easier to get them to Newcastle United. So Kevin continues his search for players to play in his second coming as manager. 😀