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Newcastle In Lead To Sign England International Defender

8:24 am, Sunday, March 30th, 2014 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

The Daily Star has an exclusive out today, in which they report that Newcastle United are favorites to sign England International right-back Micah Richards, and it’s not the first time we have been linked with this player over the last year or so.

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Micah Richards – Newcastle favorites to sign player

Richards started his career at Oldham Athletic, but he moved to Manchester City in 2003 as a 14 year-old, and came through the once famous Manchester City Youth Academy.

Richards has been squeezed out of the City first team under new manager Manuel Pellegrini, and he wants to play more first team football, and he would get that at Newcastle, where he could play either right back or center-back.

The news is that Newcastle are willing to offer £8M for the player who made his England debut in November of 2006 against the Netherlands when only 18 years old, and he has played 13 times for his country, but has lost his place in the England squad.

Richards is out of contract next year at City, and it seems he would like to move on to another club to ensure he gets first team football and gets his career back on track.

His wages may be a problem for Newcastle, and the Star lists them at £72K/week but maybe he would take less than that in order to move to a club where he could play a lot more games.

Richards made his first team debut for City in October 2005 against Arsenal, and he came on as a substitute, and was just 17 years old at the time.

Since then Micah’s played 241 times for City with 9 goals, and he would be a reasonable signing for Newcastle and certainly has experience, having played 179 Premier League games.

And and with local lad Steven Taylor likely to move on this summer, Newcastle need to bring in at least one center-back in the summer, and Fab Coloccini may also be leaving this summer.

And it could be that Manchester City want to sign Arsenal’s right-back Bacary Sagna in the summer, when his contract runs out at the Etihad and he will become a free agent.

And it could be that Micah has seen the writing on the wall – as far as the end of his Manchester City career.

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Tags: Newcastle News · Recruitment · Transfer News and Rumours · Transfer Target


8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 jazzyp // Mar 30, 2014 at 8:30 AM

    Personally would sooner keep Debs as he has been one of our most consistent performers this season.Micah although on his day is an excellent defender is very very injury prone and has been throughout his career

  • 2 catchy in norway // Mar 30, 2014 at 8:33 AM


    ED you know its not true, so why waste your time copying and pasting this ?

  • 3 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 30, 2014 at 8:37 AM

    we’ll have problem negotiating for his left sock. you know.. agent fees and all….

  • 4 tomellifred360 // Mar 30, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Not likely I am afraid. If he does leave he will end up at a club from Liverpool.

  • 5 Blofal // Mar 30, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    If this is true it’s because Debuchy is leaving.

  • 6 beermonkey // Mar 30, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    this is so far removed from reality I dunno why it was posted

    I always thought he was good when played but there must be something wrong with him that we don’t know even when he has been playing and playing well he never managed to get back in the England team always found out, and rather maddening as I don’t like Johnson

  • 7 Deana // Mar 30, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Great player and I think he would be ideal for us. Unfortunately, we have no chance of signing him. One he’s English, two he won’t play for 20k a week and three, Ashley and Pardew are lovers.

  • 8 the_besty_show // Mar 30, 2014 at 3:06 PM

    i call bullshit

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