Report Newcastle To Target England International Defender

There was news last week in the Chronicle that Newcastle United had been put off  pursuing the transfer of Manchester City defender Micah Richards by his huge wage demands, and his demands are higher than the wages captain Fab Coloccini is receiving at Newcastle.

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Micah Richards – not Newcastle bound

But that hasn’t stopped the Star coming out today with an exclusive that says Newcastle will be going after the England International to replace Mathieu Debuchy – who has already told the French press he will be joining Arsenal after the World Cup ends in Brazil.

Debuchy is bring signed by Arsenal as a replacement for Bacary Sagna, who let his Arsenal contract run down and then signed as a free agent for Manchester City a couple of weeks ago.

Other clubs said to be interested in the 26 year-old Richards, who can play at right-back or center-back,  are West Brom and Hull City.

We really have a hard job believing this report – which offers nothing new – and we doubt if there’s much truth to it, and there’s just no way Mike Ashley will pay out big bucks in wages to Micah Richards, who seems past his best.

The only way Micah would arrive on Tyneside is if he would take a huge wage cut, and there are other Premier League clubs  who would be willing to pay out bigger wages than Newcastle to land the England International.

What do you think?

12 comments so far

  • nut meg

    Jul 6, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    Comment #1


    Southampton were reported to have agreed a 8.5m fee with FC Twente for Dusan Tadic but that was a week or so ago & I don’t know of any developments since.He would be a far superior buy to Zaha or should that be Haha.I have never been impressed by this lad whenever I’v seen him & also been reported a few times that he’s got a attitude problem.IMHO Zaha would be a much bigger gamble than Tadic who is very consistent in scoring goals,providing assists & creating chances season & season. He plays on the LW,can use both feet so can also play on the RW & as the AMF. If we could get him in to play with SDJ we would have two very intelligent,creative players who would also be a goal threat themselves as well as providing assists. Over to you NUFC.

  • Slank

    Jul 6, 2014 at 7:48 AM

    Comment #2

    Nut Meg

    ‘Southampton were reported to have agreed a 8.5m fee with FC Twente for Dusan Tadic but that was a week or so ago & I don’t know of any developments since.’

    The way Southampton are going are you sure they haven’t sold him already!

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Jul 6, 2014 at 7:54 AM

    Comment #3

    We should have tried Tavernier as RB. I’m sure if he was allowed to attack he could make it.

  • nut meg

    Jul 6, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #4

    You could be right,they certainly aren’t hanging about doing their business………outgoings anyway !

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Jul 6, 2014 at 8:02 AM

    Comment #5

    Zaha has good potential, but at £7million is still vastly overpriced. He is like a poor version of Ben Arfa in that he has bags of tricks, but doesn’t know what to do with it half the time. He had decent run in the League Cup for Palace and all because of that became a star in the making. Another year or two with Palace would have done him much better than going to Man U.

    I have said it before, but if we want a young rough diamond from Man U we should be looking at Powell at a fraction of the price. Would be a superb understudy and back up to SDJ as well as offering an ability to play out wide or as a striker.

    Made up for Krul last night, but given we were already bookies favourites to get the Mexican keeper on a free it wouldn’t surprise me at all to see us lose Timmy. Spurs could well need a keeper (Lloris to PSG rumours still around), and you can be certain he impressed Levy with his display at WHL last season.

  • bladeuser

    Jul 6, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #6

    No the only way richards will arrive on tyneside is if hull and west brom dropped out of the race we cannot compete with these clubs anymore we r small fry and have been for 7 years

  • ethiotoon

    Jul 6, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Is zaha better than obertan in his recent performance? I doubt it..
    But never mind if arrives.not for 7M thgh.
    We need to replace some of the under performers too :
    Ameobi by Muriel/Jordan ayew
    Debuchy-janmaat/van Rhijn/Richards
    P.cisse-demba ba
    Jonas G-cabella

  • anthc

    Jul 6, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #8

    At 26 he should still have his best years ahead of him. However, he’s been around for ages and when your getting no game time at this level it can take a while to get back into it.
    I struggle to sympathise with people signing big contracts when they’re young only to sit on the bench. Clubs are at fault to as they do it to stop other rival teams buying them. I bet city and chelsea have a full list of players under 23 who could walk into our team but dont get a sniff at their parent clubs. Money has ruined the game.

  • musomag

    Jul 6, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #9

    Not trying to be controversial here but if we’re looking to improve the team then Colo’s wages would be better invested in Micah….if you know what I’m saying.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 6, 2014 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #10

    Zaha would be like Obertan, just another poor Pardew influenced buy

    Zaha = headless chicken and not great attitude
    Richards = injury prone and not great attitude.

    Jalmatt, Cabella, Grenier and P.E.A, plus re-integrate MYM and the picture looks better, even with a c–p manager still here.

  • Lee Dodd

    Jul 6, 2014 at 11:20 AM

    Comment #11

    Sorry But Richards Would be to Injury Prone … Worse than Debuchey !!! Unless we get him on loan and see how it goes until January or get Danny Simpson Back !!!

  • brklyngeordie

    Jul 7, 2014 at 5:43 AM

    Comment #12

    I posted on another thread how it would be a mistake if we dont pursue this lad.. My reasons are he is versatile and believe he still has something to prove in his career oh yea and ENGLISH… This lad before the Man C were bought by the Sheikhs looked to be the backbone and future captain of the club after some coaching changes and players were brought in and injuries occured he got lost in the shuffle but the season he had before that this lad really caught the eye and looked a lock to be an England International for many years to come… I think this would be best signing of summer if we get him in and one of best in premier league only thing is i prefer him at CB a little worried he maybe ‘Pardewed’ at rb if played there..crossinfg my fingers and toes on this one


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