Newcastle Enquire About Manchester City Defender

The news tonight from Goal is that Newcastle are interested in England and Manchester City defender Micah Richards, but City put a transfer fee of £15M on the player in the summer, and in short, there’s no way Newcastle would pay that amount for a defender – that’s just the way things have been  at Newcastle for the last few years.

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Micah Richards – Newcastle interested

Richards is unsettled at City, although the introduction of Manuel Pellegrini in the summer as the new manager, after the sacking of Roberto Mancini, may have changed things for Richards, since the Chilean is a better man-manager than Mancini.

But Micah has still been unwilling so far to sign a new deal at the Etihad club,  until he gets some assurances from the new manager on what his role will be in the team.

Micah Richards has just less than two years left on his contract, and the England International was not happy with the way Roberto Mancini managed the club during the last several months of his tenure there.

Micah can play anywhere across the back four, much like Yanga-Mbiwa, whom Newcastle signed from Montpellier in January, but Richardson’s preferred position is right back.

If Newcastle do sign Micah Richards, which must be considered a real long shot unless his price comes down, then he would challenge Debuchy for the right-back spot, but he could also challenge for a place in central defense.

Richards moved to Manchester City from Oldham back in 2001, and he has played 234 times for City with 10 goals, and he has 13 England caps and appeared 5 times for Great Britain in the Olympic Games last year.

He would certainly be a good addition to the Newcastle squad – there’s no doubt about that.

What do you think?

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26 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Oct 11, 2013 at 12:27 AM

    Comment #1

    He would certainly add some bite to central defence, being a far better defender that Saylor and Williamson. There is just no way Joking Ear would go for Richards, given that Douglas was considered far too expensive.

  • banjax

    Oct 11, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Comment #2

    Why on earth Have I bothered to respond to this stupid fantasy. Would love Micah Richards at the Toon – but this is no more than in-fill until the premiership kicks off. Yawn !! Nity Nite !

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 11, 2013 at 1:20 AM

    Comment #3

    I hope that the folks organising the march next weekend get plenty to turn out AND that there is no trouble. Whether it changes anything is another matter but at least they are trying to do something.
    What is the purpose of having a local team to support – should be to see good football, good goals, and still be able to aspire to success -creating excitement amongst the local populace. It should not be used principally as a vehicle to advertise another business -Sports Direct and to publicly announce that mediocrity is the ambition.
    So good luck to the lads -Ashley will not like bad PR.

  • bishopblaize

    Oct 11, 2013 at 1:45 AM

    Comment #4

    More dribble .. Ciao 4 Now

  • lesh

    Oct 11, 2013 at 2:28 AM

    Comment #5

    There you go bishopblaize, somebody’s trying keep you awake, with drivel!

  • John Tudor

    Oct 11, 2013 at 6:26 AM

    Comment #6

    four hours no posts now theres a talking point

  • John Tudor

    Oct 11, 2013 at 6:27 AM

    Comment #7

    3-58 to be precise

  • 89Norcal

    Oct 11, 2013 at 6:33 AM

    Comment #8

    I heard we’ve made serious enquiries on Dani Alves as well.

  • John Tudor

    Oct 11, 2013 at 6:39 AM

    Comment #9

    if the done work correctly in the summer last and this year
    ffin numpties

  • Bearsize

    Oct 11, 2013 at 6:51 AM

    Comment #10

    Lol micah richards! We dont sign anyone so obviouly kack!!

  • Bearsize

    Oct 11, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #11

    Ah man i spelt ‘obviously’ wrong. Sorry grammer police!

  • lesh

    Oct 11, 2013 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #12

    @6, John Tudor

    you must’ve had a long boring night by yourself although on the upside, the dialogue must’ve been very stimulating!

  • cyprus

    Oct 11, 2013 at 7:27 AM

    Comment #13

    Bearsize, ‘grammer’? 😉

    Ed, how do you know Pellegrini is a better man-manager than Mancini? Where’s the scale and is your guy (AP) a better or worse man manager than those two? 😉

    On Richards, that’s about the right defender we need. We do need a marque signing back there in the middle, Colo was the last and it’s been a few years. Of course, Mbiwa, will probably come good.

  • Ian Toon

    Oct 11, 2013 at 7:32 AM

    Comment #14

    Solano- Thank you. ” Sunlight is the best disinfectant”.

  • ToonMatt

    Oct 11, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    Comment #15

    lol Micah Richards, Absolute garbage article and would never happen in a million years under Ashley.

  • scout

    Oct 11, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #16

    Sign Ryan inniss from palace he’s 18. Will without doubt be England centre half one day. Unplayable in the air, great touch and vision

  • beddersmag

    Oct 11, 2013 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #17

    Mister Tuff

    What was that famous quote. Something like. All publicity is good publicity but bad publicity is best. MA has had nothing but bad PR his business goes from strength to strength. The marchers might even make the news. More free advertising. No way he will be bothered about some people marching in any way imo

  • bishopblaize

    Oct 11, 2013 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #18

    Morning Lesh: sorry for being brief early hours .. The comment was about the Micha Richards link!
    Would love to see but as usual .. Media Quibble?

  • Santon03

    Oct 11, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #19

    I would love to see more loan signing with option to buy in January.
    I think it’s the best move for the club our strength.
    So we don’t get stuck with fail signing like Obertan, Amalfitano, Gosling, Xisco etc. If we sign them permanently and they fail to perform then we end up paying them until their contract finished. Also just in case our youngsters perform well then we don’t need to buy and our wage structure stays healthy. If the loan players are doing exceptionally well then we can pay the transfer fees for players that already guarantee able to play for us.

  • kt97toonarmy

    Oct 11, 2013 at 8:23 AM

    Comment #20

    Micah richards is a top quality player. But his injuries are 2 prone. Nd for 10 million. Hes worth that if hes not injury prone but unfortunatly for us. He is

  • Santon03

    Oct 11, 2013 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #21

    Lilongwe Geordie // Oct 10, 2013 at 10:12 AM

    regarding loaning players abroad and making links with clubs.

    I’m not sure it will happen too unless it is Rangers, it could be why Ashley is buying Rangers.
    Few years ago when we signed Santon, I thought we have made a link with Inter because we have signed Martins and Emre before but with Italian teams will be difficult because they usually do co-ownership, probably something with the rule here in England that preventing co-ownership.

  • lesh

    Oct 11, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Comment #22

    bishopblaize @18

    Media Quibble over Richards you reckon? Desperate drivel more like when the media is trying to find something to write!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 11, 2013 at 8:46 AM

    Comment #23

    ” the news from goal” you should have stopped there Ed

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 11, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #24

    I have to admit I am finding it harder to criticise Pardew just lately as most of my complaints do seem to have been addressed, ie

    1) Favourites not played automatically regardless of form
    2) Players seemingly being played more in their best positions.
    3) Far less hoof ball
    4) More desire to go for a second goal.
    5) Arguably better fitness

    I would still like to see more pass and move with the emphasis on move and injuries have stopped him playing Saylor and Jonas! However, it’s been better, Hull apart.

    Just mentioning Mancini just made me wonder what he’s up to these days. He would be a major upgrade.

  • pottsclock

    Oct 11, 2013 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #25

    NUFC. Nous voudrions Michael Richards, s’il vous plait. Il est grand est fort.
    MCFC. Non, monsieur. Vous n’avez pas suffisamment d’argent.
    NUFC. Merci beaucoup. Au revoir.

    Just combining my comment on this post with previous…both non stories.

  • G

    Oct 11, 2013 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #26

    RH, Mancini is managing Galatasaray in Turkey. Rumour has it that they are about to go under, so he may be available in the near future? Apparently Turkish football is in the clarts in a major way.


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