There Is news in the Mail again that Newcastle are still interested in Manchester City defender Micah Richards, but can Newcastle afford this player – in terms of both his transfer fee and wages.
Micah Richards – can Newcastle afford him
Micah will be on high wages at Manchester City, and when he was offered for sale in the summer, City slapped a (huge) £15M fee on his head, and there’s just no way Newcastle will pay that for the 25 year-old 13 times capped England International.
Certainly the defender would strengthen the Newcastle defense, which again seems to be the weak link in the team, and Richards can play either at right-back or center-back, and would add competition across the back four.
The news is that Alan Pardew is keen to get Micah to the Tyneside club, and Joe Kinnear will reportedly go after him in January, and since his contract runs out next summer, he should be available for a lot less than £15M.
In the last couple of years Micah’s career has gone off the boil, and maybe a move to a club like Newcastle would be a good career move for the Birmingham-born defender.
But if Newcastle can get the fee down to an affordable level, the next barrier could be the wages, and whether Mike Ashley can accommodate those wages within the rather strict control he has on all the finances at Newcastle.
We think Micah would be a good buy for Newcastle, but he has to come at the right price and at the right wages for Newcastle to have any chance of getting him on Tyneside.
What do you think?