Can Newcastle Really Afford This England Defender?

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • archaeomag

    Oct 16, 2013 at 11:17 PM

    Comment #1

    ED; Is this the same ‘News’ that you reported in last Friday?
    Are we ‘still’ interested four days after we last interested ?

  • Graeme

    Oct 16, 2013 at 11:20 PM

    Comment #2

    Sorry, but £15 mill for this player is peanuts – but way beyond what we would be prepared to pay for him. Once you add his wages; then oooops, its not even plausible.

  • Ginger

    Oct 16, 2013 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #3

    I’d absolutely love too have him. He is quality.

  • Harley

    Oct 16, 2013 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #4

    He’s totally injury prone. He’s hasn’t had a run if games for about 3-4 years now,

    Was an amazing prospect but a huge gamble IMO due to injuries.

    Anyway right back isn’t a position we need strengthening and he’s not tall enough for centre back. I know he’s a strapping lad but we need someone with a bit more height at the back and I’m sure he’s only about 6ft.

    Is much rather have lescott, who I think is far more realistic.

  • banjax

    Oct 16, 2013 at 11:36 PM

    Comment #5

    For God’s sake Ed – why torture yourself with a fairy story that will never come true. Instead we are more likely to sign the New Islington Pub right back on a free in January – now your talkin !

  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 16, 2013 at 11:43 PM

    Comment #6

    vincent tan is the way forward all our players should grow tashes 🙂

  • Graeme

    Oct 17, 2013 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #7

    Sorry, but to put it in the vernaculer, there is more chance of Kylie giving me a blow job.

  • wolfshead@toon

    Oct 17, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #8

    danni would tho lol

  • Graeme

    Oct 17, 2013 at 12:19 AM

    Comment #9

    Oh I should be so lucky, lucky lucky lucky, I should be so lucky at all

  • spitfire_

    Oct 17, 2013 at 12:21 AM

    Comment #10

    “Could” “should” and “?” should NOT have in a title! Otherwise what article is that? It’s just guessing. What’s the point of guessing?

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 17, 2013 at 12:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Yes, we can afford him and on top of that we have have an owner worth three billion quid, apparently that should be satisfied in the knowledge of that and not be so impertinent as to ask why they wont spend any of it.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 17, 2013 at 3:14 AM

    Comment #12


  • John Tudor

    Oct 17, 2013 at 6:30 AM

    Comment #13

    we are lacking in all departments spend our cash

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 17, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #14

    I csn see some people are still confusing MA’s own money with that NUFC!

    …a bit like here at home with the missus 😉

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 17, 2013 at 6:41 AM

    Comment #15


  • jimmysmith

    Oct 17, 2013 at 6:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Yeah, well, I don’t think too many of us are under any illusions at this stage of the game, tiger!!!! He ain’t stumpin’ up. We get the picture.

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 17, 2013 at 6:52 AM

    Comment #17

    Well without being rude, but don’t you think that was about time as well? 😉

    …it it not like that talk of selfsuficiency is new!

  • jazzyp

    Oct 17, 2013 at 7:33 AM

    Comment #18

    Morning all
    I see this morning we are linked with gomis again. 1 goal in 5 games is no better than cisse at this moment in time- and hes shocking. Should be going all out to secure remy’s services without doubt.
    Never gonna afford micahs wages let alone the fee for this kid so as we say- move on to a more realistic target please ed

  • Rotonda heights

    Oct 17, 2013 at 8:17 AM

    Comment #19


    You didn’t say which kylie!! Widens the field a bit or does it ?

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 17, 2013 at 8:33 AM

    Comment #20

    Jazzyp…no point rushing the Remy deal – he still has a court visit pending and WC to go to.

    …if he wants to go to the WC he has to play nice here 😉

  • jazzyp

    Oct 17, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #21

    Jesper- morning bud
    Personally i dont think anything will come of the rape case against remy. If he thought any differant he would not be setting his sights on the wc.
    My concern is if pardew has come out and said that fat boy slim is not gonna put £1 more of his own money into the club and all profits are going to be used to pay off his loan- where is a any money going to come from signing any player !!

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Oct 17, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #22

    Jazzyp…morning mate 🙂

    …I don’t think anything will come out of the court case either (they rarely do in this cases)

    I am not that concerned about Remy – he wants to go to the WC so he will play nice while here is here (and if we do alright I think we will sign him)

  • toonicle

    Oct 17, 2013 at 3:15 PM

    Comment #23

    He would be a great buy and go a long way in helping solidify our defense, but unless we can get him for under 8 Mil I don’t see it happening.


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