There is news that Newcastle and West Ham are both interested in England International defender Micah Richards of Manchester City.
Micah Richards – 25 year-old defender
Newcastle have been linked with this player before, but the new news is that his transfer fee could be as little as £4M in the summer, but the problem for Newcastle could be Richards’ huge wages, which are reported to be around £72K/week.
Richards joined Manchester City from Oldham back in 2001, and came though City’s once famous Youth Academy, and he made his debut for England when he was just 18 years old, after playing only 28 games for City and three times for the England U21 side.
He made his England debut in November of 2006 against the Netherlands, after Manchester United right back Gary Neville withdrew from the squad through injury.
Richards has no future at City, especially since Manuel Pellegrini arrived last summer, and in the last two seasons he has made only 17 senior appearance for the club.
Richards has only one year left on his contract, which is one reason his transfer fee would be low at around £4M, and he has no intention of staying at the club he has been part of for 13 years.
Micah has played 241 times for Manchester City with 9 goals and 11 assists, and he fits the profile of players Newcastle want to sign in the summer – he’s still just 25 years old and already an experienced Premier League player.